Number of graduates: 30 (seven were unable to attend the ceremony)
Keynote Speaker: Lt. John Murrell, Manatee County Sheriff’s Office School Resource Officers supervisor; graduates ShaCarl Williams, Brian Bogue, Ly’Shawn Williams, and Tierra Salter.
Shining Moment: When Stacey Ross was presented an honorary diploma for her son, Martavier Lamond Barnes. Martavier passed away in October after a long struggle with sickle cell and lupus.
Best quote: “My class is not a study hall,” Krista Morton, Richard Milburn Academy’s principal, quoting a familiar phrase of one of the teachers.
Interesting sight: Some Richard Milburn Academy seniors stood up and clapped enthusiastically as classmate Brandy Brown completed her interpretive dance routine.