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For their own good
Fifty years ago, they were screwed-up kids sent to the Florida School for Boys to be straightened out. But now they are screwed-up men, scarred by the whippings they endured. Read the story and see a video and portrait gallery.
Parents find seats or just stand. Students stare, thoughts going everywhere.
Could it have really been that long since they dodged water balloons in the eighth-grade parade at River Ridge High School? Since they became the first freshman class to beat the seniors at powder-puff football?
Could it really be like this, after being so cool was so important:
Nice shoes, shirts and ties on this final Friday, an orchestra playing to thousands of people in a gym and overflowing into a theater? Just to see one face?
Wait till you get in front of people.
Eyes in the stands are watery. So are a few eyes in converging lines of 412 young men and woman in purple robes and caps.
I'm already starting. I'm not going to be able to see out to see where I'm going.
Of course, everyone makes it. Seniors do that. Even Samantha Slusak, who was paralyzed in a gymnastics accident but persevered to be an honors student. Even teacher Charlene Cifelli, a class sponsor who died during spring break 2005 but was remembered in song and a big screen photo slide show.
They take in each second as they try to make time move quicker, just to get to the tassel part.
Trying to leave a place and stay in the moment is like that.
"There were so many times when we were just dying for the future to get here sooner, watching those last minutes tick down in each math class thinking, 'I just can't wait for this to be over,' " says valedictorian Mary Coursen. She "wouldn't mind one bit if we all just sat here for a while, just experiencing what is now."
Advice flows from every speaker. Be optimistic. Be yourself. Be the best you can be. And fond memories, like being kicked out of homecoming contests.
"Yesterday is experience. Tomorrow is hope," class president Alfredo Pelicci says in his speech. "Today is getting from one end to the other as best that we can."
But when one end begins with the A's and the other Z's, the best time they can make is nearly an hour. One name comes at a time, more than 400 times. A handshake, a diploma, a smile.
Cameras flash. Beach balls bound in the air. Applause hangs.