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LAKEWOOD HIGH SCHOOL

NUMBER OF STUDENTS WALKING IN CEREMONY: 340

SIZE OF CLASS WHEN IT STARTED HIGH SCHOOL: 608

VALEDICTORIAN: Navin Singh, Center for Advanced Technologies. Lindsay Weber, regular school.

SALUTATORIAN: Bari Becker, regular school. Theresa Standfast, Center for Advanced technologies.

SPEAKERS: Principal Dennis Duda; Jarred Carter, senior class vice president and principal's choice to speak; Christopher Estoch, National Honors Society president; Melanie Rogers, student government president; Jaclyn Stroh, senior class president; Bari Becker; Lindsay Weber; Navin Singh; Theresa Standfast

BEST QUOTE: "People always say we are the future of America. What we do now will determine what we are later." - Rogers

CLASS ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Several students received scholarships to military academies, the class has a "large percentage" of Bright Futures Scholarship candidates. Students have been accepted at Purdue, Duke, Emory, and the University of Chicago.

HOW MANY ARE GOING INTO MILITARY: About 5 percent

HOW MANY ARE GOING TO COLLEGE: About 75 percent of the class will go to a four-year college. Another 10 percent will go to a two-year college.

BEHIND THE SCENES: Dozens had to stand because the bleachers at the football stadium filled up. Jacquie Small, 58, who came to watch her niece, Erica Simpson, receive a diploma, said the crowd was "very encouraging."

A KODAK MOMENT: Student government president Rogers called for a moment of silence. Then, white birds were released into the sky as a memorial to a classmate who died.

- ABHI RAGHUNATHAN, Times staff writer

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