Palm Harbor University High School
© St. Petersburg Times
published June 7, 2002
NUMBER OF STUDENTS WALKING IN CEREMONY: 55
VALEDICTORIANS: Steven Lansel, Sally Velez-Guzman and Fraser Wright.
SALUTATORIANS: Adam Bernheim, Jessica Cornett, Katy Lawrence, Damian Oslebo and Pavani Yalla.
SPEAKERS: Principal Alec Liem introduced guests on stage; student government association president Larry Spencer greeted the class; Lansel, Velez-Guzman and Wright gave farewell addresses; senior class president Michelle Hipps and senior class vice president Jacqueline Vilardi thanked teachers and presented the class gift.
BEST QUOTE: Velez-Guzman, paraphrasing author, poet and playwright Charles Bukowski: "The media may have manipulated your mind for the sake of profits to their corporate sponsors but it is you who makes the final decision about what to think."
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: 75 percent of the class of 2002 had a grade point average of 3.0 or higher; 53 percent of graduating seniors qualified for Florida Bright Future scholarships, totaling nearly $4-million.
LENGTH OF CEREMONY: 90 minutes.
CLASS GIFT: Seniors collected thousands of dollars for a fund to build restroom and concession facilities for the football field.
SCENES AND SIGHTS: Though there was no shortage of high-pitched squeals, one senior nearly lost his hat when friends let off a long chorus of trumpet blasts as he shook hands with Liem.
TOTAL LENGTH OF SPEECHES: 22 minutes.
AVERAGE TIME OF HANDSHAKE: 3 seconds.
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