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Introducing the valedictorians and salutatorians for Pinellas public schools

The Class of 2022 weathered uncertain times. Now it’s time to graduate.
Seniors applaud at the conclusion of the Star-Spangled Banner during Pinellas Park High School's graduation ceremony at Tropicana Field in 2019. Ceremonies for the Class of 2022 begin Thursday at the Trop, where all but three Pinellas high schools will hold their commencements.
Seniors applaud at the conclusion of the Star-Spangled Banner during Pinellas Park High School's graduation ceremony at Tropicana Field in 2019. Ceremonies for the Class of 2022 begin Thursday at the Trop, where all but three Pinellas high schools will hold their commencements.
Published May 17|Updated May 25

Commencement ceremonies begin Thursday and run through Monday for —Pinellas County’s public high schools. Here are some of the students who will be on stage:

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Boca Ciega High

Valedictorian

Julia Pierce

Julia Pierce
Julia Pierce [ Courtesy of Julia Pierce ]

GPA: 4.66

Parents: Kristen and George Pierce

College: University of South Florida

Major: Biology

Salutatorian

Jeremiah Daniels

Jeremiah Daniels
Jeremiah Daniels [ Courtesy of Jeremiah Daniels ]

GPA: 4.63

Parents: Jeremiah and Brittney Daniels

College: Florida State university

Major: Computer science

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Clearwater High

Valedictorian

Kelsey Cooper

Kelsey Cooper
Kelsey Cooper [ Courtesy of Clearwater High ]

GPA: 4.84

Parents: Michelle and James Cooper

College: University of Florida

Major: Microbiology

Salutatorian

Jocelyn Rivera-Prado

Jocelyn Rivera-Prado
Jocelyn Rivera-Prado [ Courtesy of Clearwater High ]

GPA: 4.77

Parents: Jocelyn Rivera and Brandi Delhagen

College: University of Florida

Major: Biology

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Countryside High

Valedictorian

Samantha Shackton

Samantha Shackton
Samantha Shackton [ Courtesy of Samantha Shackton ]
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GPA: 4.80

Parents: William and Elizabeth Shackton

College: University of Central Florida

Major: Aerospace engineering

Salutatorian

Shannon O’Neil

Shannon O'Neil
Shannon O'Neil [ Courtesy of Pinellas County Schools ]

GPA: 4.55

College: University of Florida

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Dunedin High

Valedictorian

Matthew C. Mills

Matthew C. Mills
Matthew C. Mills [ Courtesy of Dunedin High ]

GPA: 4.62

Parents: Eric and Amy Mills

College: University of Florida

Major: Civil engineering

Salutatorian

Allison R. Smith

Allison R. Smith
Allison R. Smith [ Courtesy of Dunedin High ]

GPA: 4.56

Parents: Chris and Debra Smith

College: St. Petersburg College

Major: Constitutional law or neurology. Minor in music.

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East Lake High

Valedictorian

Sandhya Ganesh

Sandhya Ganesh
Sandhya Ganesh [ Courtesy of Sandhya Ganesh ]

GPA: 4.77

Parents: Gayathri Chandrasekaran and Ganesh Ramakrishnan

College: Johns Hopkins University

Major: Biomedical engineering

Salutatorian

Arianna Scott

Arianna Scott
Arianna Scott [ Courtesy of Arianna Scott ]

GPA: 4.68

Parents: Jacquelyn and Daryl Scott

College: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Major: Mathematics with computer science

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Engineering Academy at East Lake High

Valedictorian

Luna Garcia

Luna Garcia
Luna Garcia [ Courtesy of Luna Garcia ]

GPA: 4.61

Parents: Elena and Luis Garcia

College: University of Florida

Major: Mechanical engineering

Salutatorian

Isabella Cherin

Isabella Cherin
Isabella Cherin [ Courtesy of Isabella Cherin ]

GPA: 4.6094

Parents: Lisa and Bill Cherin

College: University of Florida

Major: Chemistry and education sciences

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Gibbs High

Valedictorian

Marissa Baney

Marissa Baney
Marissa Baney [ Courtesy of Marissa Baney ]

GPA: 4.61

Parent: Roseann Baney

College: University of Florida

Major: Urban and regional planning

Salutatorian

Abbie Garretson

Abbie Garretson
Abbie Garretson [ Courtesy of Abbie Garretson ]

GPA: 4.53

Parents: Mica Garretson and Shannon Anderson

College: Boston University

Major: Sculpture and communications

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Hollins High

Valedictorian

Drayton Browne

Drayton Browne
Drayton Browne [ Courtesy of Drayton Browne ]

GPA: 4.8033

Parents: Drayton Browne Sr. and Josephina Chrisolouris

College: University of South Florida

Major: Biology

Salutatorian

Mia Pineda

Mia Pineda
Mia Pineda [ Courtesy of Mia Pineda ]

GPA: 4.7966

Parents: Kristen and Michael Pineda

College: Yale University

Major: Biology

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Lakewood High

Valedictorian

Maya Leigh Rish

Maya Leigh Rish
Maya Leigh Rish [ Courtesy of Lakewood High ]

GPA: 4.26

Parents: Shannon Hernandez and Chris Rish

College: New College of Florida

Major: Classics

Salutatorian

Diamond Malissa Brown

Diamond Malissa Brown
Diamond Malissa Brown [ Courtesy of Lakewood High ]

GPA: 4.21

Parent: Nytia Spearman

College: Florida Atlantic University

Major: Biology or chemistry

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Center for Advanced Technologies at Lakewood High

Valedictorian

Brian Tran

Brian Tran
Brian Tran [ Courtesy of Brian Tran ]

GPA: 4.61

Parents: Tien Tran and Shirley Tran-Lie

College: Florida Polytechnic University

Major: Computer science: information assurance and cybersecurity

Salutatorian

Jackson Culbreth

Jackson Culbreth
Jackson Culbreth [ Courtesy of Jackson Culbreth ]

GPA: 4.55

Parents: John and Tammy Culbreth

College: University of Florida

Major: Computer science

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Largo High

Valedictorian

Ashley Woodyard

Ashley Woodyard
Ashley Woodyard [ Courtesy of Ashley Woodyard ]

GPA: 4.57

Parents: Jason and Becky Woodyard

College: Auburn University

Major: Animal sciences (pre-vet)

Salutatorian

Angelique Tsounis

Angelique Tsounis
Angelique Tsounis [ Courtesy of Angelique Tsounis ]

GPA: 4.55

Parent: Maria Betancourt

College: University of South Florida

Major: Biomedical engineering

International Baccalaureate program at Largo High

Valedictorian

Sammy Nafii

Sammy Nafii
Sammy Nafii [ Courtesy of Hafida Nekach ]

GPA: 4.72

Parents: Hafida Nekach and Abderrahman Nafii

College: University of South Florida

Major: Biomedical sciences

Salutatorian

Adam Lim

Adam Lim
Adam Lim [ Pinellas County Schools ]

GPA: 4.70

College: University of Florida

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Northeast High

Valedictorian

Caroline Rosalija Daley

Caroline Rosalija Daley
Caroline Rosalija Daley [ Courtesy of Caroline Rosalija Daley ]

GPA: 4.62

Parents: Stefanie and Thomas Daley

College: University of South Florida

Major: Exploratory math, engineering and technology

Salutatorian

Joanna Godfrey

Joanna Godfrey
Joanna Godfrey [ Courtesy of Joanna Godfrey ]

GPA: 4.55

Parents: Paula and Richard Godfrey

College: Florida State University

Major: Studio visual arts

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Osceola Fundamental High

Valedictorian

Aaron Rubaii

Aaron Rubaii
Aaron Rubaii [ Courtesy of Osceola Fundamental High ]

GPA: 4.7545

Parents: Jafar and Elaine Rubaii

College: University of Florida

Major: Physics and economics (pre-law)

Salutatorian

Eric Cisliek

Eric Cisliek
Eric Cisliek [ Courtesy of Osceola Fundamental High ]

GPA: 4.75

Parents: Ron and Tanja Cisliek

College: University of Florida

Major: Mechanical and aerospace engineering

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Palm Harbor University High

Valedictorian

Teila Burnett

Teila Burnett
Teila Burnett [ Courtesy of Teila Burnett ]

GPA: 4.6442

Parents: Cathelya and Micheal Burnett

College: University of South Florida

Major: Biomedical sciences

Salutatorian

Lorena Beltran

Lorena Beltran
Lorena Beltran [ Courtesy of Lorena Beltran ]

GPA: 4.6415

Parents: Pia and Herman Beltran

College: University of South Florida

Major: Nursing

International Baccalaureate program at Palm Harbor University High

Valedictorian

Serena Bhaskar

Serena Bhaskar
Serena Bhaskar [ Courtesy of Serena Bhaskar ]

GPA: 4.76

Parents: Anju and Varun Bhaskar

College: Undecided

Major: Biomedical sciences, minor in English

Salutatorian

Emma Jankowska

Emma Jankowska
Emma Jankowska [ Courtesy of Emma Jankowska ]

GPA: 4.73

Parent: Agnieszka Jankowska

College: Cornell University

Major: Human biology, health and society

Co-salutatorian

Krish Asknani

Krish Asknani
Krish Asknani [ Courtesy of Krish Asknani ]

Parents: Dimple and Hitesh Asknani

College: Georgia Institute of Technology

Major: Computer science

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Pinellas Park High

Valedictorian

Caleb Sandige

Caleb Sandige
Caleb Sandige [ Courtesy of Caleb Sandige ]

GPA: 4.54

Parents: Julia L. Paniello and Joel S. Sandige

College: The University of South Florida

Major: Political science

Salutatorian

Quoc Lien

Quoc Lien
Quoc Lien [ Courtesy of Quoc Lien ]

GPA: 4.53

Parents: Hanh Trinh and Kiet Lien

College: University of South Florida

Major: Biology

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Richard O. Jacobson Technical High

Valedictorian

Kiley Jaindl

Kiley Jaindl
Kiley Jaindl [ Pinellas County Schools ]

GPA: 4.45

College: University of Florida

Co-valedictorian

Faith Patterson

Faith Patterson
Faith Patterson [ Courtesy of Faith Patterson ]

GPA: 4.4412

Parent: Mary Patterson

College: Stetson University

Major: Applied mathematics

Salutatorian

Sabryna Neves

Sabryna Neves
Sabryna Neves [ Courtesy of Sabryna Neves ]

GPA: 4.439

Parents: Jorge and Lidia Neves

College: University of South Florida

Major: Biology (pre-med)

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Seminole High

Valedictorian

Mackenzie Duford

Mackenzie Duford
Mackenzie Duford [ Courtesy of Seminole High ]

GPA: 4.7407

Parent: Sarah Duford

College: Emory University

Salutatorian

Megan Arbuckle

Megan Arbuckle
Megan Arbuckle [ Courtesy of Seminole High ]

GPA: 4.7404

Parents: Valerie and Craig Arbuckle

College: University of Florida

Major: Computer science

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St. Petersburg High

Valedictorian

Nina Le

Nina Le
Nina Le [ Pinellas County Schools ]

GPA: 4.52

College: Florida State University

Salutatorian

Avery Guinagh

Avery Guinagh
Avery Guinagh [ Pinellas County Schools ]

GPA: 4.48

College: University of Central Florida

International Baccalaureate program at St. Petersburg High

Valedictorian

Kasha Tyranski

Kasha Tyranski
Kasha Tyranski [ Courtesy of Kasha Tyranski ]

GPA: 4.72

Parents: Gaet and Tanja Tyranski

College: Stanford University

Major: Economics and international relations

Salutatorian

Marisa Agustines

Marisa Agustines
Marisa Agustines [ Courtesy of Marisa Agustines ]

GPA: 4.70

Parents: Rachel and Joe Agustines

College: Tulane University

Major: Psychology (pre-med)

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Tarpon Springs High

Valedictorian

Andrew Theophilopoulos

Andrew Theophilopoulos
Andrew Theophilopoulos [ Courtesy of Tarpon Springs High ]

GPA: 4.89

Parents: Dean and Ellyn Theophilopoulos

College: University of Florida

Major: Industrial engineering

Salutatorian

Elizabeth Mccreary

Elizabeth Mccreary
Elizabeth Mccreary [ Courtesy of Tarpon Springs High ]

GPA: 4.84

Parents: Susan Saesnick and Richard Mccreary

College: University of Florida

Major: Environmental engineering

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St. Petersburg Collegiate - Gibbs campus

Valedictorian

Cade Finney

Cade Finney
Cade Finney [ Courtesy of St. Petersburg Collegiate High ]

GPA: 4.7857

Parents: Colleen Marie Riley-Finney and Paul Nathan Finney

College: University of Florida

Major: Nuclear engineering

Salutatorian

Amber Kopkau

Amber Kopkau
Amber Kopkau [ St. Petersburg Collegiate High ]

GPA: 4.7830

Parents: Jaime and Chris Kopkau

College: University of South Florida (St. Petersburg campus)

Major: Biology (pre-med)

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St. Petersburg Collegiate - Tarpon Springs

Valedictorian

Karri McCloe

Karri McCloe
Karri McCloe [ Courtesy of St. Petersburg Collegiate High ]

GPA: 4.67

Parents: Kylie and Edward McCloe

College: University of Florida

Major: Nursing

Salutatorian

Arianna Bell

Arianna Bell
Arianna Bell [ Courtesy of St. Petersburg Collegiate High ]

GPA: 4.6

Parents: Vivian Mills and Brian Bell

College: University of Florida

Major: Civil engineering

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