a group of people standing on top of a lush green field
Key West High School’s Class of 2024 becomes the first class to graduate from the new Tommy Roberts Memorial Stadium, on May 24. LARRY BLACKBURN/Keys Weekly

May 24 was an evening of inaugural celebrations in Key West, where the class of 2024 proudly marched in two lines of white and red gowns around the perimeter of the new Tommy Roberts Memorial Stadium. The ceremony was also the first that Rebecca Palomino presided over as principal of Key West High School, having wrapped up her first year at the helm of her own alma mater.

Valedictorian Roan Milelli and salutatorian Parker Curry spoke earnestly to their friends, families, teachers, coaches and mentors, with Curry invoking the historic words of her great-grandmother, who was also the leader of her graduating class in Key West and is now in her 90s.

Mandy Miles
Mandy Miles drops stuff, breaks things and falls down more than any adult should. An award-winning writer, reporter and columnist, she's been stringing words together in Key West since 1998. "Local news is crucial," she says. "It informs and connects a community. It prompts conversation. It gets people involved, holds people accountable. The Keys Weekly takes its responsibility seriously. Our owners are raising families in Key West & Marathon. Our writers live in the communities we cover - Key West, Marathon & the Upper Keys. We respect our readers. We question our leaders. We believe in the Florida Keys community. And we like to have a good time." Mandy's married to a saintly — and handy — fishing captain, and can't imagine living anywhere else.