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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.
The Gibbs High Class of 2018 celebrated after graduation ceremonies at Tropicana Field, where the Pinellas County school system typically holds most of its graduations. In this most atypical of school years, district officials say they are discussing the possibility of in-person ceremonies at the indoor stadium this summer, providing conditions with the coronavirus allow it.
The Gibbs High Class of 2018 celebrated after graduation ceremonies at Tropicana Field, where the Pinellas County school system typically holds most of its graduations. In this most atypical of school years, district officials say they are discussing the possibility of in-person ceremonies at the indoor stadium this summer, providing conditions with the coronavirus allow it. [ MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE | Times (2018) ]
Published May 27, 2020
Updated May 27, 2020

BOCA CIEGA HIGH

Valedictorian

Zachary W. Knapp, 18

Zachary W. Knapp
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
Stevanie Copponi [ Courtesy of Stevanie Copponi ]

GPA: 4.6186

Parent: Michelle Copponi

College: University of Florida

Major: Nursing

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CLEARWATER HIGH

Valedictorian

Destiny Turner, 18

Destiny Turner
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
Rent Montie [ Courtesy of Rent Montie ]

GPA: 4.7449

Parents: Rob and Lisa Montie

College: Lafayette College

Major: Bioengineering

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COUNTRYSIDE HIGH

Valedictorian

Ryan G. Faulkner, 18

Ryan G. Faulkner
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
Jeremy T. Runkle [ Courtesy of Jeremy Runkle ]

GPA: 4.5700

Parents: Don and Barbara Runkle

College: University of South Florida

Major: Cybersecurity

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DIXIE HOLLINS HIGH

Valedictorian

Kaitlynn M. McCann, 18

Kaitlynn M. McCann
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
Phoenix Eads [ Courtesy of Pinellas County Schools ]

GPA: 4.6525

College: University of Southern California

Major: Cinematic arts

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DUNEDIN HIGH

Valedictorian

Shea M. Porter, 17

Shea M. Porter
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
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
Daniella R. Lopez [ Courtesy of Daniella Lopez ]

GPA: 4.5455

Parents: Jason and Veronica Lopez

College: University of South Florida

Major: Nursing

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EAST LAKE HIGH

Valedictorian

Olivia H. Thompson, 18

Olivia Thompson
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
Jacob R. Fuhr [ Courtesy of Jacob Fuhr ]

GPA: 4.7255

Parents: Debbie and Paul Fuhr

College: University of Florida

Major: Microbiology

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ENGINEERING ACADEMY AT EAST LAKE

Valedictorian

Matthew M. Peak, 18

Matthew M. Peak
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
Bennett A. Carollo [ Courtesy of Bennett Carollo, ]

GPA: 4.6633

Parents: George and Cheryll Carollo

College: University of Florida

Major: Business

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GIBBS HIGH

Valedictorian

Hollis A. Plexico, 17

Hollis A. Plexico
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
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

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LAKEWOOD HIGH

Valedictorian

Jade L. Marks, 18

Jade L. Marks
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
Yafreisy Rodriguez [ Courtesy of Yafreisy Rodriguez ]

GPA: 3.9400

Parent: Virginia De Los Santos

College: Undecided

Major: Nursing or psychology

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CENTER FOR ADVANCED TECHNOLOGIES AT LAKEWOOD HIGH

Valedictorian

Eneda Kulla, 18

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

GPA: 4.4655

Parents: Sandi and Brian Gass

College: University of Central Florida

Major: Computer science

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LARGO HIGH

Valedictorian

Joshua R. Mott, 18

Joshua R. Mott
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
Martin Stavro [ Courtesy of Martin Stavro ]

GPA: 4.4907

Parents: Ilirian and Albana Stavro

College: University of Florida

Major: Aerospace engineering

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INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE PROGRAM AT LARGO HIGH

Valedictorian

Matthew Tave, 18

Matthew Tave
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
Jacob L. Harrison [ Courtesy of Jacob Harrison ]

GPA: 4.7049

Parent: Sheri Harrison

College: Yale University

Major: Economics and data science

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NORTHEAST HIGH

Valedictorian

Abigail E. Berlin, 18

Abigail E. Berlin
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
Jordan M. Foreman [ Courtesy of Jordan M. Foreman ]

GPA: 4.5392

Parent: Kristy Foreman

College: University of Florida

Major: Business

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OSCEOLA FUNDAMENTAL HIGH

Valedictorian

Trevor S. Coryea, 18

Trevor S. Coryea
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
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
Sam Workman [ Courtesy of Sam Workman ]

GPA: 4.6500

Parents: Sharlee and Matt Workman

College: United States Naval Academy

Major: Aerospace engineering

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PALM HARBOR UNIVERSITY HIGH

Valedictorian

Emma J. Behrmann, 18

Emma J. Behrmann
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
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
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
Vipin Suren [ Courtesy of Vipin Suren ]

GPA: 4.7231

Parents: Suren Padmanabhan and Raji Suren

College: Rice University

Major: Neuroscience

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PINELLAS PARK HIGH

Valedictorian

Anh D. Nguyen, 18

Anh D. Nguyen
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
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
Kenny Huynh [ Courtesy of Kenny Huynh ]

GPA: 4.6111

Parents: Kevin Huynh and Cindy Duong

College: University of South Florida

Major: Biomedical sciences

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SEMINOLE HIGH

Co-valedictorian

Rachel G. Brown, 18

Rachel G. Brown
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
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
Chase J. Wiley [ Courtesy of Chase Wiley ]

GPA: 4.5481

Parents: Lisa and Brian Wiley

College: University of Florida

Major: Mechanical engineering

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ST. PETERSBURG HIGH

Valedictorian

Elizabeth G. Karges, 18

Elizabeth G. Karges
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
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
Jacquelin Foronda [ Courtesy of Jacquelin Foronda ]

GPA: 4.5096

Parents: Elisabeth and Joseph Foronda

College: Appalachian State University

Major: Environmental science

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INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE PROGRAM AT ST. PETERSBURG HIGH

Valedictorian

Camille M. Luong, 18

Camille M. Luong
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
Vanna K. Hoang [ Courtesy of Vanna Hoang ]

GPA: 4.6518

Parents: Binh and Hong Hoang

College: University of Florida

Major: Biology

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TARPON SPRINGS HIGH

Valedictorian

Alex Theophilopoulos, 18

Alex Theophilopoulos
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
Madeleine McCreary [ Courtesy of Madeleine McCreary ]

GPA: 4.7212

Parents: Susan Sasenick and Richard McCreary

College: Undecided

Major: Biomedical engineering

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ST. PETERSBURG COLLEGIATE HIGH — St. Petersburg campus

Valedictorian

Calvin Finley, 17

Calvin Finley
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
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
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
Caniysha Nazaire [ Courtesy of Caniysha Nazaire ]

GPA: 4.0

Parents: Casne Nazaire and Brittany Penman

College: University of North Florida

Major: Pre-medicine