Class of 2016

Highlights of Manatee School for the Arts graduation

Number of graduates: 57

Speakers: Seniors Kyle Shoemaker, Gretchen Goetzman and Eddison Nelson Jr.; and Palmetto Mayor Shirley Groover Bryant

Shining moment: The mature behavior of the seniors as they walked across the stage to accept their diplomas.

Best quote: Speaking of his fellow graduating classmates, Kyle Shoemaker said, “No doubt these people will be successful.”

Interesting sight: Everyone staying in their seats while the fire alarm was beeping and strobe lights flashing. A young guest had pulled the alarm box.