For this year's senior class at Henry Bradley Plant High School, there are no more worlds to conquer on campus. As Dr. Jim Hamilton, the principal, rattled off the long list of academic and athletic honors at Thursday's graduation ceremony at the Florida State Fairgrounds, it seemed as though they had done their share of conquering.
Among others, they were awarded the County All Sports, All Academic Trophy and members of the class will visit President Bush at the White House to receive an award as one of the top schools in the nation.
Of 366 students, 87 percent will continue their education with more than $2-million in scholarships.
Salutatorian William Scott Slappey said in his commencement speech that what he and his classmates had learned would lead them through life.
Twelve students had grade point averages exceeding 5.0 on a 4-point scale. Valedictorian Christine McElroy topped the list with a 5.46. She'll attend Harvard.
"It is left to us to become the sculptors of our future," McElroy said. "We must never relinquish hope, because without it our dreams will die and with it we cannot be stopped."
Michael C. Barrs, senior class president, wanted his classmates to remember the fun they had had through their years at Plant.
"We showed our ability to enjoy ourselves," he said. "Until our first reunion, goodbye and good luck, to the best class Plant has ever seen, the class of '91."
_ SUSAN CLARY