Advertisement

Our coronavirus coverage is free for the first 24 hours. Find the latest information at tampabay.com/coronavirus. Please consider subscribing or donating.

  1. News
  2. /
  3. Education

Pride of Pinellas: They made their mark in the county’s public schools.

Across 16 traditional high schools and two charter campuses, 51 valedictorians and salutatorians led the Class of 2020.

BOCA CIEGA HIGH

Valedictorian

Zachary W. Knapp, 18

Zachary W. Knapp [Courtesy of Zachary Knapp]

GPA: 4.6393

Parents: Daniel and Desiree Knapp

College: Undecided

Major: Aerospace engineering

Salutatorian

Stevanie Copponi, 18

Stevanie Copponi [Courtesy of Stevanie Copponi]

GPA: 4.6186

Parent: Michelle Copponi

College: University of Florida

Major: Nursing

• • •

CLEARWATER HIGH

Valedictorian

Destiny Turner, 18

Destiny Turner [Courtesy of Destiny Turner]

GPA: 4.7551

Parents: Al Turner Jr. and Linda Belt

College: Princeton University

Major: Chemistry or molecular biology

Salutatorian

Rent Montie, 18

Rent Montie [Courtesy of Rent Montie]

GPA: 4.7449

Parents: Rob and Lisa Montie

College: Lafayette College

Major: Bioengineering

• • •

COUNTRYSIDE HIGH

Valedictorian

Ryan G. Faulkner, 18

Ryan G. Faulkner [Courtesy of Ryan Faulkner]

GPA: 4.6250

Parents: Kristen and Jeff Faulkner

College: University of Florida

Major: Psychology, specializing in behavioral neuroscience

Salutatorian

Jeremy T. Runkle, 18

Jeremy T. Runkle [Courtesy of Jeremy Runkle]

GPA: 4.5700

Parents: Don and Barbara Runkle

College: University of South Florida

Major: Cybersecurity

• • •

DIXIE HOLLINS HIGH

Valedictorian

Kaitlynn M. McCann, 18

Kaitlynn M. McCann [Courtesy of Kaitlynn McCann]

GPA: 4.7368

Parents: Crystal Lawhorn and Jason McCann

College: University of Florida

Major: Business management/marketing

Salutatorian

Phoenix Eads

Phoenix Eads [Courtesy of Pinellas County Schools]

GPA: 4.6525

College: University of Southern California

Major: Cinematic arts

• • •

DUNEDIN HIGH

Valedictorian

Shea M. Porter, 17

Shea M. Porter [Courtesy of Shea Porter]

GPA: 4.6610

Parents: Darin and Debbie Porter

College: University of Tampa

Major: Criminology/ criminal justice

Co-salutatorian

Paul C. Noell, 18

Paul C. Noell [Courtesy of Paul Noell]

GPA: 4.5833

Parents: Matt and Dawn Noell

College: University of Florida

Major: Construction management

Co-salutatorian

Daniella R. Lopez, 18

Daniella R. Lopez [Courtesy of Daniella Lopez]

GPA: 4.5455

Parents: Jason and Veronica Lopez

College: University of South Florida

Major: Nursing

• • •

EAST LAKE HIGH

Valedictorian

Olivia H. Thompson, 18

Olivia Thompson [Courtesy of Olivia Thompson]

GPA: 4.7353

Parents: Lori and David Thompson

College: Undecided

Major: Biology (Pre-med)

Salutatorian

Jacob R. Fuhr, 18

Jacob R. Fuhr [Courtesy of Jacob Fuhr]

GPA: 4.7255

Parents: Debbie and Paul Fuhr

College: University of Florida

Major: Microbiology

• • •

ENGINEERING ACADEMY AT EAST LAKE

Valedictorian

Matthew M. Peak, 18

Matthew M. Peak [Courtesy of Matthew Peak]

GPA: 4.6837

Parents: Erin and Michael Peak

College: Florida Institute of Technology

Major: Aviation management with flight

Salutatorian

Bennett A. Carollo, 18

Bennett A. Carollo [Courtesy of Bennett Carollo,]

GPA: 4.6633

Parents: George and Cheryll Carollo

College: University of Florida

Major: Business

• • •

GIBBS HIGH

Valedictorian

Hollis A. Plexico, 17

Hollis A. Plexico [Courtesy of Hollis Plexico]

GPA: 4.5678

Parents: Brian Plexico and Meg Stevens

College: Davidson College

Major: Communication studies

Salutatorian

S. Maclane Mautz, 18

S. Maclane Mautz [Courtesy of S. Maclane Mautz]

GPA: 4.4846

Parents: Molly Wilson MacKenzie and John Mautz

College: University of Central Florida

Major: Hospitality management, focusing on theme parks/attractions

• • •

LAKEWOOD HIGH

Valedictorian

Jade L. Marks, 18

Jade L. Marks [Courtesy of Jade Marks]

GPA: 4.6025

Parents: Jen and Craig Marks

College: Undecided

Career path: Videography

Salutatorian

Yafreisy Rodriguez

Yafreisy Rodriguez [Courtesy of Yafreisy Rodriguez]

GPA: 3.9400

Parent: Virginia De Los Santos

College: Undecided

Major: Nursing or psychology

• • •

CENTER FOR ADVANCED TECHNOLOGIES AT LAKEWOOD HIGH

Valedictorian

Eneda Kulla, 18

Eneda Kulla [Courtesy of Eneda Kulla]

GPA: 4.6638

Parents: Agron and Venerika Kulla

College: Harvard College

Major: Psychology

Salutatorian

Eric J. Gass, 17

Eric J. Gass [Courtesy of Eric J. Gass]

GPA: 4.4655

Parents: Sandi and Brian Gass

College: University of Central Florida

Major: Computer science

• • •

LARGO HIGH

Valedictorian

Joshua R. Mott, 18

Joshua R. Mott [Courtesy of Joshua Mott]

GPA: 4.5593

Parents: Elizabeth and Ronald Mott

College: University of Florida

Major: Mathematics

Salutatorian

Martin Stavro, 18

Martin Stavro [Courtesy of Martin Stavro]

GPA: 4.4907

Parents: Ilirian and Albana Stavro

College: University of Florida

Major: Aerospace engineering

• • •

INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE PROGRAM AT LARGO HIGH

Valedictorian

Matthew Tave, 18

Matthew Tave [Courtesy of Matthew Tave]

GPA: 4.7119

Parents: Caroline and Gary Tave

College: University of Florida

Major: Computer science

Salutatorian

Jacob L. Harrison, 18

Jacob L. Harrison [Courtesy of Jacob Harrison]

GPA: 4.7049

Parent: Sheri Harrison

College: Yale University

Major: Economics and data science

• • •

NORTHEAST HIGH

Valedictorian

Abigail E. Berlin, 18

Abigail E. Berlin [Courtesy of Abigail Berlin]

GPA: 4.6154

Parents: Steve and Allison Berlin

College: University of Florida

Major: Industrial and systems engineering

Salutatorian

Jordan M. Foreman, 18

Jordan M. Foreman [Courtesy of Jordan M. Foreman]

GPA: 4.5392

Parent: Kristy Foreman

College: University of Florida

Major: Business

• • •

OSCEOLA FUNDAMENTAL HIGH

Valedictorian

Trevor S. Coryea, 18

Trevor S. Coryea [Courtesy of Pinellas County Schools]

GPA: 4.660

Parents: Brittany and John Davenport

College: University of Central Florida

Major: Aerospace engineering

Co-salutatorian

Jacob M. Wall, 18

Jacob M. Wall [COMPUTER - APPSRV21 : USER - APPSRV21 : VERS 2.10.35 | Courtesy of Jacob Wall]

GPA: 4.6500

Parents: Mark and Susan Wall

College: University of Florida

Major: Economics

Co-salutatorian

Samuel F. Workman, 18

Sam Workman [Courtesy of Sam Workman]

GPA: 4.6500

Parents: Sharlee and Matt Workman

College: United States Naval Academy

Major: Aerospace engineering

• • •

PALM HARBOR UNIVERSITY HIGH

Valedictorian

Emma J. Behrmann, 18

Emma J. Behrmann [Courtesy of Emma Behrmann]

GPA: 4.6154

Parents: Bridget and Glenn Behrmann

College: University of Florida

Major: Journalism

Salutatorian

Olivia G. Sakellarides, 18

Olivia G. Sakellarides [Courtesy of Olivia Sakellarides]

GPA: 4.6122

Parents: John and Gloria Sakellarides

College: University of Florida

Major: Biomedical engineering

INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE PROGRAM AT PALM HARBOR UNIVERSITY HIGH

Valedictorian

Maya Srinivasan, 17

Maya Srinivasan [Courtesy of Maya Srinivasan]

GPA: 4.7465

Parents: Radha and Srivaths Srinivasan

College: University of Southern California/Hong Kong University of Science and Technology/Bocconi University

Major: World bachelor in business

Salutatorian

Vipin Suren, 18

Vipin Suren [Courtesy of Vipin Suren]

GPA: 4.7231

Parents: Suren Padmanabhan and Raji Suren

College: Rice University

Major: Neuroscience

• • •

PINELLAS PARK HIGH

Valedictorian

Anh D. Nguyen, 18

Anh D. Nguyen [Courtesy of Pinellas County Schools]

GPA: 4.7685

Parents: Ung Ngoc Nguyen and Tong Van Nguyen

College: University of Florida

Major: Biomedical sciences

Co-salutatorian

Kristina Lin, 18

Kristina Lin [Courtesy of Kristina Lin]

GPA: 4.7281

Parents: Fa Lin and Mei Yang

College: University of South Florida

Major: Biomedical sciences

Co-salutatorian

Kenny Huynh, 18

Kenny Huynh [Courtesy of Kenny Huynh]

GPA: 4.6111

Parents: Kevin Huynh and Cindy Duong

College: University of South Florida

Major: Biomedical sciences

• • •

SEMINOLE HIGH

Co-valedictorian

Rachel G. Brown, 18

Rachel G. Brown [Courtesy of Rachel Brown]

GPA: 4.5686

Parents: Aaron and Lorri Brown

College: University of Florida

Major: Environmental studies

Co-valedictorian

Carson M. Ward, 18

Carson M. Ward [Courtesy of Carson Ward]

GPA: 4.5686

Parents: Ken and Jen Ward

College: University of Florida

Major: Undecided

Salutatorian

Chase J. Wiley, 18

Chase J. Wiley [Courtesy of Chase Wiley]

GPA: 4.5481

Parents: Lisa and Brian Wiley

College: University of Florida

Major: Mechanical engineering

• • •

ST. PETERSBURG HIGH

Valedictorian

Elizabeth G. Karges, 18

Elizabeth G. Karges [Courtesy of Elizabeth Karges]

GPA: 4.5481

Parents: Steve and Ivey Karges

College: University of South Florida

Major: Biomedical engineering

Co-salutatorian

Rivers Chenneville Lenholt, 18

Rivers Lenholt [Courtesy of Rivers Lenholt]

GPA: 4.5465

Parents: Tiffany Chenneville and Ric Lenholt

College: Rollins College

Major: Social entrepreneurship

Co-salutatorian

Jacquelin Foronda, 18

Jacquelin Foronda [Courtesy of Jacquelin Foronda]

GPA: 4.5096

Parents: Elisabeth and Joseph Foronda

College: Appalachian State University

Major: Environmental science

• • •

INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE PROGRAM AT ST. PETERSBURG HIGH

Valedictorian

Camille M. Luong, 18

Camille M. Luong [Courtesy of Camille Luong]

GPA: 4.6538

Parents: Courtney Nguyen and Robert Luong

College: Stanford University

Major: Political science

Salutatorian

Vanna K. Hoang, 18

Vanna K. Hoang [Courtesy of Vanna Hoang]

GPA: 4.6518

Parents: Binh and Hong Hoang

College: University of Florida

Major: Biology

• • •

TARPON SPRINGS HIGH

Valedictorian

Alex Theophilopoulos, 18

Alex Theophilopoulos [Courtesy of Alex Theophilopoulos]

GPA: 4.8241

Parents: Dean and Ellen Theophilopoulos

College: Undecided

Major: Mathematics and statistics

Salutatorian

Madeleine McCreary, 18

Madeleine McCreary [Courtesy of Madeleine McCreary]

GPA: 4.7212

Parents: Susan Sasenick and Richard McCreary

College: Undecided

Major: Biomedical engineering

• • •

ST. PETERSBURG COLLEGIATE HIGH — St. Petersburg campus

Valedictorian

Calvin Finley, 17

Calvin Finley [Courtesy of Calvin Finley]

GPA: 4.7653

Parents: David and Jayme Finley

College: Florida Gulf Coast University

Major: Data analytics

Salutatorian

Taylor L. Johnson, 18

Taylor L. Johnson [Courtesy of Taylor Johnson]

GPA: 4.7500

Parents: William and Shawn Johnson

College: University of Florida

Major: Astrophysics

ST. PETERSBURG COLLEGIATE HIGH — Tarpon Springs campus

Valedictorian

Liam Murtha, 18

Liam Murtha [Courtesy of Liam Murtha]

GPA: 4.47

Parents: Lara and Curt Murtha

College: University of Florida

Major: Biology/animal science

Salutatorian

Caniysha Nazaire, 17

Caniysha Nazaire [Courtesy of Caniysha Nazaire]

GPA: 4.0

Parents: Casne Nazaire and Brittany Penman

College: University of North Florida

Major: Pre-medicine

YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

Advertisement
Advertisement