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(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- On Friday, the LRHS class of 2018 graduated at the Bradenton Convention Center. The ceremony lasted approximately two hours and celebrated the achievements of over 500 LRHS seniors.
At the ceremony, four “Lakewood Legends” were recognized. These are students the faculty felt exemplified excellence in areas such as academics, leadership, citizenship and community service.
This year’s Lakewood Legends were Alexandra Boudreau, Morgan Cummins, Colby Linblad, and Kyle Wray. Ten other seniors were recognized as Senior Notables.
Seniors Alyssa Morford, Colby Lindblad, and Kailey Carpenter had the honor of being commencement speakers.
LRHS principal Craig Little said graduation was a huge success.
“Thank you to everyone that helped out with graduation,” he said. “I received many compliments about the how orderly and memorable the event was…A huge thank you to (senior class adviser and LRHS math teacher) Ann Fluery who, once again, took care of every detail.”
Graduate Andrew Hamende felt that the ceremony was a great way for him to take pride in his academic accomplishments. Hamende took many senior year classes off campus.
“Even though I did SCF full time, I enjoyed getting together at the end of the year and seeing my friends that I haven’t seen in a while. I love how they recognized the top four, it made me proud of all the hard work it took,” stated Hamende.
His sister, sophomore Amanda Hamende, attended the graduation ceremony to support her brother.
“I was very proud of him because I know he put in a lot of work, so to see him in his cap and gown was a very emotional experience,” she said.
Hamende also admired how the ceremony was executed. It gave her hopes for her own graduation as a member of the LRHS class of 2020.
“I liked the efficiency of the ceremony. It only took two hours and it seemed like there were at least five hundred seniors. They allowed the students to show off their hard work through the use of cords and different colored gowns. I look forward to my ceremony in two years,” Hamende stated.