Lakewood High School
© 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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