John F. Kennedy once said it was time for a new generation of leaders to come to the fore. "We are that generation," said Margie Smith, student government president at Seminole High School.
Smith said at graduation ceremonies Thursday that she disagrees with people who say the class of 1991 represents the leaders of tomorrow.
"I know that we must be the leaders of today," she said.
With the women in white gowns and the men in green ones, about 390 seniors accepted their diplomas on a wet football field at the home of the Warhawks.
There was plenty of wisdom during the commencement ceremony; speakers quoted Kennedy and Winston Churchill.
But salutatorian Eron Linver had some words of wisdom also. "Remember," he said, "whatever you do, be good to the Earth."
Tim Waller, an English teacher who was honored by the students, said he had some trepidation over his speech before the class, because it meant he would have to wear socks and a tie, and say goodbye to people he cares about deeply.
But the seniors cheered him as he said, "For the last time, gang, have a super life and stay out of trouble."
Rain poured down on the seniors and the Florida flag, and the Stars and Stripes rippled in the wind. Eventually, the drizzle let up.
"We are the class of '91," said senior class president Tara Stone. "Need we say more?"
_ CURTIS KRUEGER