Manatee School For the Arts commencement
Speakers: Principal Bill Jones, students Nick Drivas, Angelika Robison-Rivera, Emily Wainio-Oato, Madison Petrone and Gabrielle Jarmoszko.
Shining moment: Manatee School For the Arts educator Steve Marshall took time to have numerous scholarship winners stand. MSA grads earned $950,000 in scholarships. Drivas and Tiffany Pervis also received associate's degrees from State College of Florida.
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Best quote: "Not every senior class is the same. This year's graduating class grabbed every opportunity they could. You guys rang the bell. You were outstanding." -- Jones.
Interesting: A MSA graduation has a mini-concert, too. Seniors Curtisha Macon, Robison-Rivera, Emma Moody, Dakota Duffina and Victoria Boltwood combined on a stunning "Graduation Mashup." Boltwood has country music star written all over her, said MSA staffer Kelly Hillman. Jacob Beasley played the guitar and Miles De Mint played cello. The MSA Chamber Choir, directed by Abe Johnson, performed a spirited "Star Spangled Banner." The Goldtones MSA Jazz Band performed Chuck Mangione's "Children of Sanchez." Students and faculty together sang "What I did for Love" from the musical "Chorus Line."