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    Clearwater High School

    [Times photo: Kinfay Moroti]
    Clearwater High School graduates line up along the track at Jack White Stadium, waiting to hear the strains of Pomp and Circumstance, their signal that the commencement ceremony was beginning.

    © St. Petersburg Times
    published June 7, 2002


    VALEDICTORIAN: Jessica Freilich

    SALUTATORIAN: Amber Peabody

    SPEAKERS: Freilich; student body president Nicole Wilson; student government president Karina Reybitz; and class historian Casey Jonap.

    BEST QUOTE: "Don't chew with your mouth open," Casey Jonap, after presenting the senior class gift, a new table in the seniors' cafeteria.

    ACCOMPLISHMENTS: As freshmen, won the class powderpuff championship, a school first.

    LENGTH OF CEREMONY: 1 hour, 37 minutes

    CLASS GIFT: A table for the senior cafeteria commemorating the 2001-2002 school year

    BEHIND THE SCENES: The swim team and cheerleaders each sold water at Thursday's outdoor event. The swim team's water was $1 cheaper.

    SCENES AND SIGHTS: As the graduates marched in, a plane flew over Jack White Stadium with a banner reading: "Good luck Class of '02. With heavenly love, Ricky," in memory of CHS student Ricky Teal, who died in a car accident this year.

    SEPT. 11: Student president Nicole Wilson led a moment of silence to honor the victims of Sept. 11 and in memory of Teal.

    CELL PHONES: As the roll of graduates was called, graduate Sean Juhl called his friend Andrew Spence sitting at the top of the grandstand to pass the time. TOTAL LENGTH OF SPEECHES: Eight references to God, a C.S. Lewis quote and one poem -- 25 minutes.

    AVERAGE TIME OF HANDSHAKE: 1 second -- graduates dancing down the platform lasted an average of five seconds.

    POP CULTURE: Three posters were held up from the top of the home grandstand during the ceremony with the numbers "420" written in marker.

    PATRIOTISM: Graduate Harry Bowerman showed his love for super heroes, sewing the Superman logo to the back of his graduation robe.

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