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Class of 2021: Pinellas County’s top private school students take the stage

A look at the valedictorians and salutatorians from 12 schools.
A student from the Northside Christian Class of 2013 waits to enter a commencement ceremony at Starkey Road Baptist Church in Seminole. Northside's Class of 2021 graduated May 28 in a ceremony at Suncoast Cathedral in St. Petersburg.
A student from the Northside Christian Class of 2013 waits to enter a commencement ceremony at Starkey Road Baptist Church in Seminole. Northside's Class of 2021 graduated May 28 in a ceremony at Suncoast Cathedral in St. Petersburg. [ Times [2013] ]
Published Jun. 1
Updated Jun. 8

ADMIRAL FARRAGUT ACADEMY

Valedictorian

Ansley Fine, 17

Ansley Fine
Ansley Fine [ Courtesy of Admiral Farragut Academy ]

GPA: 4.63

Parents: Robert and Camille Fine

College: Boston College

Major: International studies

Co-Salutatorian

Maurice Leon, 18

Maurice Leon
Maurice Leon [ Courtesy of Admiral Farragut Academy ]

GPA: 4.59

Parents: Cynthia Hawkins and Paul Leon

College: Amherst College

Majors: Sociology and economics

Co-Salutatorian

Turiya Moka, 17

Turiya Moka
Turiya Moka [ Courtesy of Admiral Farragut Academy ]

GPA: 4.59

Parents: V. Moorthi Natajaran and Kavita B. Rao

College: University of Florida

Major: Biomedical engineering (pre-med)

Co-salutatorian

Ella Sokolowski, 18

Ella Sokolowski
Ella Sokolowski [ Courtesy of Admiral Farragut Academy ]

GPA: 4.59

Parents: Matthew and Jennifer Sokolowski

College: University of Rochester

Major: Engineering

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CALVARY CHRISTIAN HIGH

Valedictorian

Lauren N. Vonhof, 18

Lauren N. Vonhof
Lauren N. Vonhof [ Courtesy of Lauren N. Vonhof ]

GPA: 4.6

Parents: James and Jennifer Vonhof

College: University of Florida

Major: Health sciences (pre-med)

Salutatorian

Blakely Ricketts, 17

Blakely Ricketts
Blakely Ricketts [ Courtesy of Blakely Ricketts ]

GPA: 4.57

Parents: Chad and Angie Ricketts

College: University of Florida

Major: Biology (pre-med)

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CANTERBURY SCHOOL OF FLORIDA

Valedictorian

Shane Michael Farmer, 18

Shane Michael Farmer
Shane Michael Farmer [ Courtesy of Shane Michael Farmer ]

GPA: 4.4

Parents: Steve and Boop Farmer

College: Florida State University

Major: Biology

Salutatorian

Sarah Young, 18

Sarah Young
Sarah Young [ Courtesy of Sarah Young ]

GPA: 4.27

Parents: Jill and Roger Young

College: Rollins College

Major: Computer science

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CLEARWATER ACADEMY INTERNATIONAL

Valedictorian

Brendon Barrow

Brendon Barrow
Brendon Barrow [ Courtesy of Clearwater Academy International ]

GPA: 3.6

Parent: Debra Barrow

College: Stanford University

Co-Salutatorian

Zachary Feshbach

Zachary Feshbach
Zachary Feshbach [ Courtesy of Clearwater Academy International ]

GPA: 4.2

Parents: Kurt and Kannon Feshbach

College: University of Tampa

Co-Salutatorian

Emanuela Karteri

Emanuela Karteri
Emanuela Karteri [ Courtesy of Clearwater Academy International ]

GPA: 4.1

Parents: Durim Karteri and Loreta Shenaj

College: University of Florida

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CLEARWATER CENTRAL CATHOLIC HIGH

Valedictorian

Schafer Eckardt, 18

Schafer Eckardt
Schafer Eckardt [ Courtesy of Clearwater Central Catholic ]

Parents: Shea and Jennifer Eckardt

College: Indiana University

Major: Finance

Salutatorian

Mallory Cass, 17

Mallory Cass
Mallory Cass [ Courtesy of Clearwater Central Catholic ]

Parents: Steven and Kimberly Cass

College: Wofford College, Spartanburg, S.C.

Major: Business economics (pre-law)

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INDIAN ROCKS CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

Co-Valedictorian

Jayson-Perry Banse, 18

Jayson-Perry Banse
Jayson-Perry Banse [ Courtesy of Indian Rocks Christian School ]

GPA: 4.5

College: Baylor University

Co-Valedictorian

James Moore IV, 18

James Moore IV
James Moore IV [ Courtesy of Indian Rocks Christian School ]

GPA: 4.5

Parents: James and Linda Moore

College: University of South Florida

Major: Computer science

Co-Valedictorian

John Patrick Oleksak, 18

John Patrick Oleksak
John Patrick Oleksak [ Courtesy of Indian Rocks Christian School ]

GPA: 4.5

Parents: Mark Oleksak and Margaret Dolan

College: University of Notre Dame

Major: Biochemistry

Co-Valedictorian

James Tonthat, 17

James Tonthat
James Tonthat [ Courtesy of Indian Rocks Christian School ]

GPA: 4.5

Parents: Hiep and Vu Tonthat

College: University of Central Florida

Major: Computer science

Co-Salutatorian

Brandon Carr, 18

Brandon Carr
Brandon Carr [ Courtesy of Indian Rocks Christian School ]

GPA: 4.46

Parents: John and Jill Carr

College: University of Florida

Major: Pre-med

Co-Salutatorian

Robert Carr, 18

Robert Carr
Robert Carr [ Courtesy of Indian Rocks Christian School ]

GPA: 4.46

Parents: John and Jill Carr

College: Brown University

Major: Pre-med

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KESWICK CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

Valedictorian

Nathan J. Coughlin, 17

Nathan J. Coughlin
Nathan J. Coughlin [ Courtesy of Keswick Christian School ]

GPA: 4.6

Parents: Kevin and Fransherri Coughlin

College: Florida State University

Major: Computer science and/or actuarial science

Salutatorian

Spring Iskra, 18

Spring Iskra
Spring Iskra [ Courtesy of Spring Iskra ]

GPA: 4.3

Parents: Jeff and Charlene Iskra

College: Southeastern University

Major: Digital media and design

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LAKESIDE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

Valedictorian

Brandon Henry

GPA: 4.037

Salutatorian

Tadd Trumbull II, 17

Tadd Trumbull II
Tadd Trumbull II [ Courtesy of Tadd Trumbull ]

GPA: 3.88

Parents: Lesley and Tadd Trumbull Sr.

College: Southern Adventist University

Major: Undecided

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NORTHSIDE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

Co-Valedictorian

Jason DeHart, 18

Jason DeHart
Jason DeHart [ Courtesy of Northside Christian School ]

GPA: 4.51

Parents: Michael and Jennifer DeHart

College: University of Florida

Major/minor: Journalism/English

Co-Valedictorian

Riley White, 17

Riley White
Riley White [ Courtesy of Northside Christian School ]

GPA: 4.51

Parents: Rick and Julie White

College: University of Florida

Major: Electrical engineering

Salutatorian

Jordan Rochelle Gamble, 18

Jordan Rochelle Gamble
Jordan Rochelle Gamble [ Courtesy of Northside Christian School ]

GPA: 4.50

Parents: Robert and Tracy Gamble

College: University of Florida

Major: Applied physiology and kinesiology

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OLDSMAR CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

Valedictorian

Sarah DeLima, 18

Sarah DeLima
Sarah DeLima [ Courtesy of Sarah DeLima ]

GPA: 4.03

Parents: Raquel and Alexandre DeLima

College: Undecided

Major: Undecided

Salutatorian

Madelyn Loreen Nelson, 18

Madelyn Loreen Nelson
Madelyn Loreen Nelson [ Courtesy of Madelyn Loreen Nelson ]

GPA: 4.0

Parents: James and Christine Nelson

College: St. Petersburg College

Major: Education

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ST. PETERSBURG CATHOLIC HIGH

Valedictorian

Andre Cardona, 18

Andre Cardona
Andre Cardona [ Courtesy of St. Petersburg Catholic ]

GPA: 4.60

Parents: Francisco and Yamira Cardona

College: University of Florida

Major: Physics

Salutatorian

Ariel Banfalvy, 18

Ariel Banfalvy
Ariel Banfalvy [ Courtesy of St. Petersburg Catholic ]

GPA: 4.58

Parent: Sandra Banfalvy

College: University of Florida

Major: Health science (pre-med)

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SHORECREST PREPARATORY SCHOOL

Valedictorian

Shaherzad Chawdree, 18

Shaherzad Chawdree
Shaherzad Chawdree [ Courtesy of Shaherzad Chawdree ]

GPA: 4.81

Parents: Nabila Niaz and Farooq Majeed

College: University of Chicago

Major: Biology

Salutatorian

Hailey Levitz, 18

Hailey Levitz
Hailey Levitz [ Courtesy of Hailey Levitz ]

GPA: 4.78

Parents: Elaine and Alan Levitz

College: Barnard College

Major: Biochemistry