Pasco's Mitchell High seniors get first glimpse at yearbook

TRINITY — Sublime. Relentless. Beyond. Swagger. Accomplished.

These are just some of the words on the half black, half transparent cover of this year's Stampede, Mitchell High's yearbook.

The words "Too Legit," the annual's theme, are etched down the acrylic plastic side.

"It's just bold, to the point and this is who we are and we're not slowing down kind of thing," said 17-year-old Sarah Page, yearbook co-editor-in-chief.

Page, a senior and four-year Stampede staff member, said the editors wanted a theme that shouted that although it's still one of the newer high schools in the county, students there have been quick to make an impression.

This year especially, Page said, with it becoming an A-graded school for the first time.

Hours after all 804 yearbooks arrived at the school Thursday, she finally got a glimpse of what she and her staff have been working toward since the summer.

"I almost cried," she said Friday. "It was just breathtaking."

That seemed to be the consensus of the members of the Class of 2011 who flooded into the school cafeteria shortly after 2 p.m. Friday to pick up their yearbooks at the annual signing party.

Carter Miller, 17, was one of the first to snatch up a copy of his long-awaited senior yearbook. He didn't even sit down before quickly flipping through its pages and stopping at last year's prom page. He chuckled.

"It's kind of exciting and a fun way to end the year," said Miller, who is going to Florida Gulf Coast University. "Everybody looks forward to getting the yearbook. They do a good job with it."

Nearby, Michael Sudler, 17, sat at a table soaking up the atmosphere.

"It's a nice moment because it's one of the last times we'll all be together as a class," he said, yearbook closed in front of him.

A two-year varsity football player, he plans to study criminal justice at Florida Gulf Coast University before becoming a law enforcement officer.

School Resource Officer Cpl. Joe Koehler walked by Sudler and offered him an ice cream sandwich, which he declined.

"This kid's a natural leader," Koehler said. "I'm looking forward to working beside him one day."

Sudler smiled and contemplated that thought for a moment.

"That was nice," he said.

A few tables away as the crowd of seniors thinned out, Ashley Smith, 18, said she had only gotten four signatures so far and worried if there would be time to get those she wanted before graduating and heading to the University of Florida.

"I want to get the really beautiful, romantic things from my best friends," she said, laughing.

She has spent bits and pieces of the entire year collecting moments in her head, she said.

"I say, I am going to put that in their yearbook," she said of the memories she's captured.

As a former yearbook staffer, she appreciates the hard work put into the 352-page book.

"I think it looks really, really good," she said.

Moments earlier at another table, Nicole Misener, 18, had discovered her mother's surprise. Well, sort of.

Awhile back, she had figured out that her mother created a special page to celebrate her high school years, but this was the first time she'd seen it. Page 253 is all hers. It's a collage of Misener's photographs through the years with family and friends, including a large portrait of her wearing her favorite straw cowboy hat. A special message written from her mother reads in part: "We say watch out world here comes Nicole Misener."

Misener giggled.

"My mom always says, 'You need to be prepared to go out in the world.' And I'm like, 'The world has to be prepared for me.' "

.AT A GLANCE

Mitchell High's Class of 2011

Mitchell High School's graduation ceremony will be at 6 p.m. May 28 the Tampa Convention Center.

Number of projected graduates: 425

Valedictorian: Kyle Gunther

Salutatorian: Kaila Boudewyn

Outstanding Senior: N'Tykia Russell

Mr. Mitchell: Joey Powers

Ms. Mitchell: Kayla Pemberton

Turn Around Student of the Year: Nikki Dudas

• The Stampede yearbook won the CSPA Silver Crown National Award

• 10 student athletes will be attending college on athletic scholarships

• The Marching Mustangs band won Straight Superiors Award and Pride and Class Award

• Number of seniors on honor roll all four years: 63

• Senior class collectively has accumulated 1,312 hours of community service

• Projected number of Florida Academic Scholars: 17

• Projected number of Florida Medallion Scholars: 122

• Projected number of Florida Gold Seal Scholars: 4

• Abby Oakes received the Dick Scobee Scholarship for gifted students (one of two students in state)

• 17 students will graduate summa cum laude (4.2 weighted GPA or higher)

• 50 students will graduate magna cum laude (weighted GPA 3.8000 – 4.1999)

• 113 students will graduate cum laude (weighted 3.2 — 3.799 GPA)

• The Academy for the Medical Arts will have 37 graduates who have been in the academy for all four years, the first group of students to complete together

• Mitchell students took a total of 943 Advanced Placement exams

• Girls soccer team was conference and district champions, as well as regional quarter finalists

• Boys tennis team was district champions

• Girls volleyball was conference and district champions

• Baseball team was conference and district champions and playing in regional semifinals Friday night

Pasco's Mitchell High seniors get first glimpse at yearbook 05/06/11 [Last modified: Friday, May 6, 2011 10:03pm]

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