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Graduation 2013: Lakewood High

Erika Allen gets her diploma during Lakewood High’s commencement at First Baptist Church in St. Petersburg.
Published Jun. 7, 2013

LAKEWOOD HIGH

NUMBER OF GRADUATES: 320

VALEDICTORIANS: Malachi Johnson (traditional); Alex Voce (Center for Advanced Technologies)

SALUTATORIANS: Le'Ciang Vazquez (traditional); Kathryn Ellett (Center for Advanced Technologies)

SPEAKERS: SGA vice president Ericka Murphy, Johnson, Voce, Vazquez and Ellett.

QUOTES:

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us." — Murphy, quoting Marianne Williamson

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times." — Ellet, quoting from A Tale of Two Cities to describe high school.

ENCOURAGING MOMENT: Although the processional, Pomp and Circumstance, paused as the graduates entered the sanctuary at First Baptist Church, family and friends started to hum along to the tune and cheered for the Class of 2013 until the music resumed.

Lillian Noble, St. Petersburg Collegiate, tb-two* staff

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