Angelina DeVincenzo, East Lake High class of 2014

East Lake grad responds: Verbal attack is not the way to deal with censorship

Editor's note: East Lake High graduate Angelina DeVincenzo, above, was moved to share a different opinion about her school after reading a letter from graduate Jessica Klein to East Lake High Principal Carmela Haley ('Why high school felt like a prison to me,' June 11) recently published here, in tbt* and on tampab …

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  1. East Lake grad responds: Verbal attack is not the way to deal with censorship

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    Editor's note: East Lake High graduate Angelina DeVincenzo, above, was moved to share a different opinion about her school after reading a letter from graduate Jessica Klein to East Lake High Principal Carmela Haley ('Why high school felt like a prison to me,' June 11) recently published here, in tbt* and on …

    Angelina DeVincenzo, East Lake High class of 2014
  2. In her own words: Why high school felt like a prison to me

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    Editor's note: In her final year at East Lake High School in Pinellas County, Jessica Klein ran into some rules and attitudes that she found constraining. The following is a letter that she wrote to East Lake's principal, Carmela Haley (the letter has been edited for length):

    Ms Haley:

  3. Highlights from Tampa Bay high school graduations

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    Scroll through the Storify below for highlights of Tampa Bay's high school graduation 2014 season. Photos and stories by Tampa Bay Times staffers and tb-two* high school journalists.

     

     

    Vimarilyn Cardenas waves during the Jefferson High School commencement ceremony at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa on Friday, May 30, 2014.
  4. To walk at graduation, she had to stop running with the wrong crowd

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    Legs outstretched, she sat against the couch's arm with a hardcover book open in her lap.

    Motivated by daughter Jessiyah, 21 months, Monica Scruggs, 19, returned to Lakewood High for her diploma.
  5. Dixie Hollins senior is mom to a 2-year-old, graduating and planning for future

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    Two Novembers ago, tb-two* told the story of Miranda Lovern, a Dixie Hollins High sophomore who was about to give birth.

    Miranda Lovern and her son, Tyler, cuddle at home in October. “He learns so much, so fast and he is just amazing,” she says.
  6. Going for Gold: Girl Scouts of West Central Florida earn highest recognition

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    The highest recognition a Girl Scout can achieve is the Gold Award, which honors senior Scouts who devise and complete service projects to benefit the community. Three of this year's recipients from the Girl Scouts of West Central Florida talked with tb-two* about their experiences. — Caroline Dunning, …

  7. Life after gold and the president: Berkeley Prep paralympian back to normal, sort of

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    Excitement fills the locker room as 17 men pull on red, white and blue jerseys with USA emblazoned on the chest. Players converse with one another, skittish excitement evident in their voices. Coaches and managers pace the room under the Shayba Arena in southern Sochi, Russia, clipboards clenched tightly in their hands. …

    Declan Farmer tied for the team lead in goals and points.
  8. Steinbrenner student finds that life can change when you meet people who care

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    A week after Steinbrenner High's club rush in late September, a 15-year-old named Calvin McClarin climbed into the back seat of my car. ∂ He was tall, with soft dark eyes and deep dimples that made an appearance at the hint of a smile, which there were not too many of. Only a few minutes into the drive, …

    Calvin McClarin, left, spends time on the porch with Martha McClarin’s great-grandson Marco, center, and a neighbor. Although Martha McClarin no longer has foster children, youngsters still gather at her home.
  9. How to keep peace among blended relatives at graduation

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    Family can be defined as many different things these days. My favorite summation is from Ambrose Bierce's The Devil's Dictionary: "A body of individuals living in one household, consisting of male, female, young, servants, dog, cat, dicky-bird, cockroaches, bedbugs, and fleas — the 'unit' of modern …

    This guy? Perhaps he’s one of the lucky ones, with warm family photos that include a large, loving family. But that’s not always the case. By a long shot.
  10. Explore seven wonders of Pass-a-Grille

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    While you drown in end-of-year school obnoxiousness, we're throwing you a life preserver — seven special places in Pass-a-Grille, a historic stretch of St. Pete Beach in south Pinellas County, that will lift your spirits when school is out. We've even ranked them on a tropical scale of 1 to 10, so you can …

    Good food, good vibes, the whole enchilada in one spot.