a large group of people in blue graduation gowns
Students prep for their entrance at Class Night on May 21.

As is tradition, dozens of Marathon High School seniors will need to back up the Brinks truck following the school’s annual Class Night on May 21. For more than three hours, students collected funds earmarked by more than 60 community businesses, organizations, nonprofits and individuals. Other traditions on the evening included the school’s capping ceremony, a “Passing of the Dolphin” to the incoming senior class, a senior video and introduction of Marquisha Abraham and Cami Wrinn as the Class of 2024 valedictorian and salutatorian.

Alex Rickert
Alex Rickert made the perfectly natural career progression from dolphin trainer to newspaper editor in 2021 after freelancing for Keys Weekly while working full time at Dolphin Research Center. A resident of Marathon since 2015, he fell in love with the Florida Keys community by helping multiple organizations and friends rebuild in the wake of Hurricane Irma. An avid runner, actor, and spearfisherman, he spends as much of his time outside of work on or under the sea having civil disagreements with sharks.