Graduating seniors John Boyd and Maria Miller received Largo High School's first-ever Joseph Carwise Memorial Awards during graduation ceremonies Thursday evening. The blue and gold "kente" cloth awards _ a symbol of special celebrations in African tribes _ were presented by Largo Principal Barbara Thornton and given by the school's Human Relations Committee to the senior man woman who did the most to promote human relations this year at Largo High, Thornton said.
Joseph Carwise, who died in March, was a Pinellas County associate school superintendent who, since 1972, had directed the county's busing plan for desegregation. Thornton said the award was named for him because he "worked all his life to promote racial relations in the community."
Boyd was one of the Largo High School students featured in South of Heaven, a St. Petersburg Times special series detailing a year in the life of a high school.
The two award recipients were among 330 graduating seniors who received their diplomas during a rain in the school's Packer Stadium. Co-valedictorians for the 1990-91 school year, Jennifer Horner and Skander Slama, both had a grade point average of 4.1837 and received medals. Ms. Horner told her classmates, "Only when a person achieves inner peace can he truly be successful."
Slama said, "Don't be lost in the crowd. Look to the stars and excel."
_ SHARON KIRBY