Area Schools Gear Up for Graduation, Highlight Top Students

 

By Tamas Mondovics

The traditional valedictorian and salutatorian speeches delivered by exemplary high school students will once again take center stage during the 2013-2014 season graduation ceremonies held around the country.

The bittersweet event is a time to say goodbye as students, teachers and parents reflect on memories, some of which will be cherished forever, while others many would rather forget.

Listed below are four of the 28 Hillsborough County high schools that will hold their so called degree day, commencement or invocation including the traditional speeches delivered by the students.

All graduation ceremonies are planned to be held at the Florida State Fairgrounds Expo Hall.

For a full list of the 2014 graduation ceremonies, visit www.sdhc.k12.fl.us.

Armwood High School

Graduation: Tuesday, June 3, 1 p.m.

Principal: Joseph Castelli

Anticipated # of Graduates: 331

Armwood Valedictorian,

HS_Armwood Val Florencia RealFlorencia Real, GPA  6.88

Armwood Salutatorian,

HS_Armwood Sal Simone GirardSimone Girard, GPA  6.41

Durant High School

Graduation: Wednesday, June 4, 8 p.m.

Principal: Pamela Bowden

Anticipated # of Graduates: 497

HS_Durant Val Laura Del CastilloDurant Valedictorian,

Laura Del Castillo, GPA 7.46

HS_Durant Sal Nicole MooreDurant Salutatorian,

Nicole Moore , GPA 7.14

Bloomingdale High School

Graduation: Thursday, June 5, 8 p.m.

Principal: Sue Burkett

Anticipated # of Graduates: 558

HS_Bloomingdale Val Samuel MillerBloomingdale Valedictorian,

Samuel Miller, GPA 7.56

HS_Bloomingdale Sal Madee PretherBloomingdale Salutatorian,

Madee Prether, GPA  7.1954

Brandon High School

Graduation: Thursday, May 29, 8 p.m.

Principal: Carl Green

Anticipated # of Graduates: 450

Brandon Valedictorian,

HS_Brandon Val- Thapani SawaengsriThapani Sawaengsri, GPA  6.7765

HS_Brandon Sal - Sasha MenendezBrandon Salutatorian,

Sasha Menendez, GPA 6.7180