From here on out, the Braden River Pirates of the Class of 2016 will be leading their own ships, after floating in the river only four years ago as freshman.
“That floating was not everlasting,” student speaker Kim Evens said. “We’ve developed into leaders.”
That development didn’t always come easily, fellow student speaker Briana Lutzi added. Long, stressful nights and different individual roadblocks weren’t able to keep the Braden River Class of 2016 down. Lutzi quoted the great philosopher, poet and rapper Nicki Minaj, who said she is a girl who could never be defined.
“I know deep down you are all girls that could never be defined,” Lutzi said to laughter from fellow graduates.
Class president Dylan Tyson rounded out the student speakers during the Saturday morning ceremony in the Bradenton Area Convention Center, joking Braden River Class of 2016 president was the only title of president he may ever hold.
Peppered with jokes, Tyson ran through a list of thanks, from parents and teachers to the cafeteria workers at the school, who contributed to his 80-pound weight gain in the last four years. It’s something, he said, his football coaches were probably thankful for. All the people Tyson thanked were essential to preparing the Class of 2016 for what awaits.
“As we move our tassels today, we start a new journey in life,” he said.
Braden River High School
Graduating class: 9th graduating class
Speakers: Students Kim Evens, Briana Lutzi and Dylan Tyson; “The Dan and Don Show” of Dan McLean and Don French
Shining moment: During the live edition of the Dan and Don Show, McLean turned into alter-ego Nostradamus to predict great things for the Class of 2016.
Interesting fact: Dylan Tyson, Tyler Dyson and Emily McNulty were awarded Pirate Pride winners, as chosen by the faculty, for exemplifying excellence in academics, leadership, citizenship and commnity service.
Best quote: “Like most of my homework and essays, my mom wrote this,” Tyson said of his graduation speech.