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    Tarpon Springs High School

    [Times photo : Lance A. Rothstein]
    From left, seniors Corrie Ladd, Shana Labbate, Stephen Kurnock (face hidden) and Jason Kunke listen to the school's chorus during Tarpon Springs High School's commencement ceremony on Thursday. The one-hour, 43-minute ceremony saw 280 seniors receive diplomas. Senior class president Martha Scoggins, presented the senior class gift, which was a mural in the school's new cafeteria.

    By KATHERINE GAZELLA, Times Staff Writer
    © St. Petersburg Times
    published June 7, 2002


    VALEDICTORIANS: Michal Leszczynski and Priscilla Adams

    SALUTATORIAN: John Harter

    SPEAKERS: Leszczynski; Adams; Harter; student council president Jacklyn Buck; and senior class president Martha Scoggins, presenting the senior class gift

    BEST QUOTE: Harter spoke about the butterfly effect, chaos theory and told teachers: "Mathematically, your reach is exponential."

    ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Students successfully lobbied to have their principal, John Nicely, returned to the school earlier this year after he was transferred for an incident involving a student's grade.

    LENGTH OF CEREMONY: One hour, 43 minutes.

    CLASS GIFT: A mural in the school's new cafeteria

    CLASS SONG: Here's to the Night by Eve 6

    BEHIND THE SCENES: Parents guzzled bottled water and used personal fans to keep cool in the football stadium.

    SCENES AND SIGHTS: Students passed around an inflatable man, which was promptly taken away by an administrator.

    SEPT. 11: Buck and Nicely spoke about the day, and chorus member Romando Mathis sang God Bless America in remembrance.

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