Osceola High School
© St. Petersburg Times
published June 7, 2002
NUMBER OF STUDENTS WALKING IN CEREMONY: 215.
VALEDICTORIAN: Kimberly Dawn Conaway.
SALUTATORIAN: Lindsey Marie Cobb.
SPEAKERS: Conaway and Cobb; Stefanie Lynn Romer, student council president; Phuong Hanh Nguyen, senior class president; and Bilon Jacquelle Schultz, highest-ranking minority student, who gave farewell address.
BEST QUOTE: "If you dream it, you can achieve it. Five years ago I listened to my brother make his valedictory speech. That became my dream and here I stand today. Dream big. Dream huge. No one can make your dreams come true but you," said Conaway.
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: 59 seniors graduated either summa cum laude, magna cum laude, cum laude or with distinction; 21 seniors were members of the National Honor Society; 47 seniors were Bright Future Scholarship candidates or recipients; 65 seniors were designated "college ready" and 15 seniors received diplomas as part of the school's "Early Graduation Option" program.
LENGTH OF CEREMONY: 1 hours, 30 minutes.
CLASS GIFT: Senior cafeteria table laminated with photos, art commemorating the Class of 2002.
BEHIND THE SCENES: Despite largely unobtrusive security in the stadium, women had purses searched at the entrance.
SCENES AND SIGHTS: Enthusiasm, cheers and applause filled the mostly empty expanse of Tropicana Field.
CELL PHONES: No cell phone interruptions, but loud cheers and name-calling drowned out some graduates names as they were called to the podium.
TOTAL LENGTH OF SPEECHES: 30 minutes.
AVERAGE TIME OF HANDSHAKE: 2.5 seconds.
POP CULTURE: Triumphal dance steps by several seniors as they crossed the stage.
PATRIOTISM: National anthem sung by Schultz.
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