Palm Harbor University High School: Graduate Randolph Chase acknowledges the audience after receiving his diploma at the Times Arena at Bayfront Center on Thursday.
NUMBER OF STUDENTS IN GRADUATING CLASS: 487 SIZE OF CLASS WHEN IT STARTED HIGH SCHOOL: 582 VALEDICTORIANS: Kasia Cudzilo, traditional/medical magnet program, and Brianna Satinoff, International Baccalaureate program
SALUTATORIANS: Warren Wade, traditional/medical magnet program, and Nolan Fox, International Baccalaureate program
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: More than 80 percent of the graduates have at least a 3.0 grade point average; more than half have received president's or trustees' scholar recognition; 80 percent qualified for Florida Bright Futures scholarships
SPEAKERS: Principal Alec Liem, student government president Joseph O'Shea, Cudzilo, Satinoff and senior class president Christina Lagos BEST QUOTES: Lagos: "Remember your closest friends and forgive your enemies . . . Remember the lessons and realize that you are all special." Satinoff: "If four years can go by this fast, we'll be grandmas and grandpas before we know it."
SPECIAL MOMENTS: Graduate Elizabeth Holmes receiving her diploma before the speeches were given so she could leave early to participate in state softball semifinals; honors graduate Jamey Watkins, who has cerebral palsy, being wheeled to the stage by support staff member Sheila Levine to accept his diploma
CLASS GIFT: A cash gift of $6,500 for a new sound system for the football field; a cash gift of $2,000 for concrete picnic tables
THIS CLASS' SPECIAL DISTINCTION: The Palm Harbor University High School Class of 2004 is the last class to graduate from the Times Arena at Bayfront Center. The arena is scheduled for demolition before next graduation season.