© St. Petersburg Times, published June 6, 2002
NUMBER OF STUDENTS WALKING IN CEREMONY: 380
VALEDICTORIAN: Carolyn Condron
SALUTATORIAN: Michael Black
SPEAKERS: Valedictorian Carolyn Condron, salutatorian Michael Black, senior class president Britney Scott with the farewell and presentation of senior class gift, teacher Rita Vasquez.
BEST QUOTE: "This year began with tragedy but will end in victory," Scott said to her fellow students about Sept. 11.
LENGTH OF CEREMONY: 100 minutes.
AWARDS: Gold and White Award for best all-around student, Alexander Smith; Humanitarian Award for goodwill and service to school, Scott.
CLASS GIFT: A check for improvements to the school library.
SCENES AND SIGHTS: Seven air horns, two cowbells, one whistle and a whole lot of air kisses from the stage.
SEPT. 11: Vasquez reminded students that terrorists will never win: "Have confidence in your ability to rise above. Don't ever let fear paralyze you."
TOTAL LENGTH OF SPEECHES: 19 minutes
AVERAGE TIME OF HANDSHAKE: 4 seconds