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 2013 graduation ceremonies, visit

Armwood High School

Graduation: Tuesday, June 3, 1 p.m. Principal: Joseph Castelli

Anticipated # of Graduates: 331 Valedictorian: Florencia Real, GPA  6.88

Salutatorian: Simone Girard, GPA  6.41

Plant City High School

Graduation: Wednesday, June 4, 1 p.m.

Principal: Colleen Richardson

Anticipated # of Graduates: 435

HS_Plan City Val Patel Dhara

HS_Plant City Sal Patel Samir


Durant High School

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

Principal: Pamela Bowden

Anticipated # of Graduates: 497

HS_Durant Val Laura Del Castillo

HS_Durant Sal Nicole Moore

Strawberry Crest High School

Graduation: Wednesday, June 4, 4:30 p.m.

Principal: David Brown

 Anticipated # of Graduates: 500

HS_Strawberry Crest Val Mikayla Townsend Trad

HS_Strawberry Crest Sal Leticia Mandujana Trad


Strawberry Crest High School IB

 Graduation: Wednesday, June 4, 4:30 p.m.

 Principal: David Brown

  Anticipated # of Graduates: 500

HS_Strawberry Crest IB Val Vishnu KulkarniHS_Strawberry Crest IB Sal Kevin Lukose

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