|DAYTONA BEACH NEWS-JOURNAL|
GRAND FINALE FPC SENIORS CELEBRATE END, NEW BEGINNINGS
DEBRA JOHNSON Staff Writer
June 7, 2000; Page 01A
DAYTONA BEACH -- Flagler Palm Coast High School's Class of 2000 graduates were urged to get a solid start on their futures after accepting their diplomas Saturday night during ceremonies at the Ocean Center.
Senior classmates Tony Pearson and Andrea Wesser, keynote speakers for the evening, offered their fellow seniors "a gift." "We have the perfect the gift it not only has value, but it is very much deserved," Pearson told the graduates. "This gift will offer lasting memories."
Wesser reminded the seniors that their four years at Flagler County's only high school had provided them time and opportunities to forge close friendships with teachers and classmates.
Opportunities will continue to be offered if the graduates look to the future with renewed interests, she said.
"Without an interest of the unknown, we will lose those opportunities," she said.
"For our gift, we give the future," Pearson said.
Wesser said her fellow graduates, as future leaders, needed to pledge to be conscientious caretakers of the world."
In his role as school superintendent, Robert Williams presents each senior with their high school diploma.
He stepped out of his role as top school administrator Saturday night and into the role of father as he presented his son's high school diploma.
More than 300 Flagler Palm Coast High School seniors marched across the stage at the Ocean Center Saturday to accept the education award they had been working toward for the past 13 years.
Mark Williams was the only graduate who was given his diploma by his father.
"In many jobs, you don't get a lot of special things, but this is one for me," Williams said last week.
An educator for more than 20 years, the superintendent has been able to present each of his three children their diplomas.
"I think it's very nice because he's been there for me all the time through the good and the bad," Mark said.
In addition to being a member of the class of 2000, Mark has a few oth er credits to his name, besides being the son of the superintendent.
Mark transferred to Flagler Palm Coast High School from Edgewater High School in Orlando last year when his father accepted the superintendent's post.
Mark made the transfer and won a slot on the high school soccer team in the 1998-99 school year.
He hasn't regretted the move.
The Flagler Palm Coast High School soccer team won the state title and was named in a national poll of soccer coaches as the top winter soccer team in the nation.
The superintendent took the graduation stage and handed out all the diplomas as each graduate's name was called.
Valedictorian Kelly Walker said she had mixed emotion about leaving the school, but she encouraged her fellow classmates to take control of their lives.
"We are now able to take steps to form our own lives," she said.
Senior Class President Christina Hobbs highlighted the last four years of high school for the class of 2000, from a bomb scare when they were freshmen to the 1998 fires.
"It is time to say goodbye to the jam-packed halls at FPC," she said.
Saturday night marked the official end of public education in the county school system for the seniors, but most of the graduates are on their way to jobs or college this summer.
"You are a very special class," Superintendent Williams told the graduates.
The ceremony ended with an indoor fireworks display in honor of the graduates.
Honor graduates at Saturday night's Flagler Palm Coast High graduation ceremony for the Class of 2000.
Gold Cords (weighted GPA of 4.0 or higher)
Brenda Gonzalez Engle
Silver Cords (weighted GPA of 3.0 to 3.9)
Carrie Lee Garner
Edward Jensen III
Donald Kobiec Jr.
David Otero Culver
Cutline: Photo 1: Flagler Palm Coast High graduates cheer Saturday night as pyrotechnics rock the stage at the end of their graduation ceremony.
Photo 2: Kelli Grants smiles with anticipation of receiving her diploma during Flagler Palm Coast High's graduation Saturday night at the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach.
News-Tribune photos by David Tucker
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