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    Lakewood High School

    [Times photo: Lara Cerri]
    Michelle Bryant waves to a familiar face as the Lakewood High School commencement ceremony gets under way Thursday at the high school. Bryant, one of 366 students who participated in the ceremony, said she plans to attend a private university in Miami and study business administration and computer science.

    By CANDACE RONDEAUX
    © St. Petersburg Times
    published June 7, 2002

    NUMBER OF STUDENTS WALKING IN CEREMONY: 366

    VALEDICTORIANS: Blerina Hysi and Morgan Roy

    SALUTATORIANS: Edmond Mala, Kassidy Rogers and Romeo Acosta III

    SPEAKERS: Roy gave the farewell address; Hysi gave the commencement address. Student government president Michelle McCloud spoke about leadership.

    BEST QUOTE: Roy mused on the value of education and recounted a moment from a recent beauty pageant when Miss Alabama was asked to talk about her hopes: "Miss labama replied, "I wouldn't want to live forever because we cannot live forever. We cannot want to live forever because we can't live forever. So that is I why I wouldn't want to live forever.' Now you guys know why it's important to get an education."

    LENGTH OF CEREMONY: 100 minutes

    CLASS SONG: Kristin Curry and Sarah Hyland sang The River by Garth Brooks and Victoria Shaw; Crystal Revins sang Whitney Houston's One Moment in Time

    BEHIND THE SCENES: While two senior girls waited in line for their diplomas, their boyfriends practiced double-fisted blasts on their two air horns underneath the bleachers and cursed themselves for wasting the other two while driving to the ceremony.

    SCENES AND SIGHTS: Graduates gave Revins a standing ovation during her solo when she hit a high note that would have made Whitney Houston jealous.

    TOTAL LENGTH OF SPEECHES: 18 minutes.

    AVERAGE TIME OF HANDSHAKE: 2 seconds.

    POP CULTURE: One senior opted to keep her hat off so she wouldn't mess up her homage to singer Angie Stone.

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