In a sea of red and white caps and gowns, the Class of 2023 wrapped up their Key West High School careers on May 26 at the Coffee Butler Amphitheater.
Principal Dave Perkins, who stepped up to lead the school in March when then-principal Larry Schmiegel left for a job in New York, proudly handed out diplomas and congratulated the class on their accomplishments.
Valedictorian John Searcy and salutatorian Devan Bittner — the top two students in the class — spoke earnestly to their classmates about the past four years, the memories made and the future still to come.
For the coming school year, Rebecca Palomino will take the helm as principal of the county’s largest high school. Perkins did not apply for the permanent position.
— Mandy Miles