Saturday, May 26, 2018
Education

Graduation 2014: Hillsborough High

HILLSBOROUGH HIGH

NUMBER OF GRADUATES: 351

VALEDICTORIANS: Chelsie Murphy (traditional), Samuel Russell (IB)

SALUTATORIANS: Kourtney Melendi (traditional), Chindu Mohanakumar

SPEAKERS: Assistant principal Melvin Williams, student body president Anna Paz, IB class president Nina Pham, traditional class president Alejandra Rosendo, principal Johan von Ancken, Melendi, Mohanakumar, Murphy and Russell.

FAMOUS PEOPLE QUOTED: Pham invoked FSU quarterback Jameis Winston ("We control our own destiny, and those men looked me in the eye and said, 'We got this, Jameis' … and I said, 'We stronger.' ") Mohanakumar quoted Drake ("We could do it real big, bigger than you ever done it.") Russell was more succinct, with words from Dan Quayle ("The future will be better tomorrow.")

CLASS ACCOMPLISHMENTS: The seniors were awarded more than $9.5 million in scholarships and have accrued a total of 28,000 community service hours.

NEW RECORD: Russell graduated with a GPA of 9.64, the highest in Hillsborough High history. He ranks second in the district and will be attending Princeton in the fall.

SPECIAL MOMENT: Murphy teared up during her speech, thanking her class for her amazing memories of the past four years.

INSIDE STORY: Traditional senior president Alejandra Rosendo said she "really wanted to start [her] speech with the chest bump from The Wolf of Wall Street, but I was told to keep it short and appropriate."

Kate Fueyo, Tampa Preparatory, tb-two* staff

Graduation 2014

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