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Alongside an exultant crowd of teachers, friends and family, Coral Shores seniors concluded their high-school years with a triumphant graduation ceremony at the school gymnasium on May 22. Principal Laura Lietaert and Superintendent Theresa Axford handed students their diplomas, while members of the Monroe County school board stood by to congratulate graduates on their many accomplishments. In their speeches, valedictorian Jordan Lubis and salutatorian Nathan Duckworth reminisced about the past four years and reflected on the future to come, while class president Olivia Hughes spoke movingly of this transitional period. 

The event began with speeches by Lietart and Axford. A moment of silence was given in solemn remembrance of the late Pascal Weisberger, who would’ve graduated with the class, by student body president Iona Holmquist and treasurer Victoria Peña. The class song, “Vienna’’ by Billy Joel, was performed by Coral Shores’ drama club stars Chrislyn Lowell and Lola Yong. Many students were recognized for their individual achievements, including the seven seniors graduating summa cum laude (with a weighted GPA of above 4.5), and 10 graduates heading off to the military. As the event concluded, 176 students left with diplomas in hand, their high-school careers completed and bright futures ahead of them.

Photos by Javier Exposito/Keys Weekly

Zack Woltanski
Zack Woltanski is a Coral Shores grad and aspiring novelist. After three years of high school and a gap year in Germany, he will be studying at Brown University, with a potential major in english or philosophy.