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WHS seniors graduate

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By Jim Clark

Williston High School senior class president Kaylin Lindsey spoke briefly to her classmates at Monday's graduation exercises, saying "Our class has a personality of its own." She closed her talk by turning to her friends and calling out three little words, but not the words the audience expected. Instead, she said to them the class motto: "That's What's Up." The seniors on stage at the University of Florida Center for the Performing Arts burst into cheers and applause, but at that moment it may have dawned on many of them that this was really the end of their high school days. In a fun-filled and sometimes emotional ceremony, diplomas were bestowed on the Class of 2008. Principal Mike DeLucas did the honors as master of ceremonies and made the presentations. He introduced the class after members walked in to the familiar "Pomp and Circumstance" melody. He asked members of the class who had taken college courses to stand, and several did as he announced that 261 college credits had been earned. He asked all the athletes whose teams had moved beyond district competition to stand after he noted that football, boys and girls basketball and baseball had all earned their way into regional play. He also honored the seniors who were planning to go into military careers. He also welcomed special guests which included Cliff Norris, superintendent of schools; assistant superintendents of schools Jeff Edison and Jeff Davis, director of secondary education Mike Todd, and School Board members Paige Brookins and Frank Etheridge. Salutatorian Hillary Coram gave a speech which she wrote in Dr. Seuss style, telling the class at the end, "You'll move mountains." Valedictorian Hannah Swanson told the class "History has called every generation to step up and make the world better," and exhorted her classmates to take that step. Text of the speeches, provided by the students, is on Page 8. Senior Andrew Rupansingh was given a special award for four years of perfect attendance. Seniors were introduced for the presentation of diplomas in order of their homeroom teachers, who were Emily Lovely, Steve Masyada, Cindy Penney, Awilda Perez, Ken Tahfs and Michele Winningham. After the presentations, Norris declared the class as graduated and had them turn the tassels. There was a benediction by John Lott, the singing of the Alma Mater, the traditional tossing of the caps and the recessional, "Whenever You Remember," the class song, recorded by Carrie Underwood. And then they left the stage, walking through the audience to the cheers, and some tears, of those who came to see them on this special day.