Gibbs High SchoolBy KELLY RYAN GILMER, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published June 7, 2002
NUMBER OF STUDENTS WALKING IN CEREMONY: 277
VALEDICTORIAN: Derek Phillips
SALUTATORIANS: Nicole Bagley, Nicole Daley and Erin Stagner
BEST QUOTE: "Shine bright, little star," Stagner told her classmates, quoting a note her aunt wrote her before her death.
LENGTH OF CEREMONY: 89 minutes at Times Bayfront Center Arena.
AWARDS: The Humanitarian Award was presented to Stagner; the principal's Blue and Gold Award for leadership and spirit was presented to Phane.
CLASS SONG: Never Had A Dream Come True by S Club 7.
BEHIND THE SCENES: At 7:40 a.m., at least four graduates were spotted yawning in the Mahaffey Theater, waiting for the ceremony to start at 8 a.m. Seniors had to arrive at the theater by 6:45 a.m., and most sat quietly, too sleepy to talk.
SCENES AND SIGHTS: Lemuel Emmanuel Bordon's mom, excitedly pointing to her head, mouthed: "Put the thing on your head!" Bordon eventually figured out what his mom was trying to tell him: He had taken off his mortarboard during the Pledge of Allegiance and forgotten to put it back on.
SEPT. 11 REFERENCE: "It's easy to raise the umbrella of doom and gloom that keeps the sunshine out," Shorter said. "Where there is evil, think of all the good there is in life."
TOTAL LENGTH OF SPEECHES: 19 minutes.
AVERAGE TIME OF HANDSHAKE: Two seconds unless the graduate was posing for a picture. In that case, four.
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