Julie Gorham / Citrus Chronicle
The excitement of family and friends filled Citrus High School’s football stadium Thursday as the Class of 2017, clad in black and gold, took their final rite of passage.
The school’s band softly played “Pomp and Circumstance” as graduates began taking seats, eagerly waiting to walk the flower-decorated ramp that led to the podium.
As members of the ROTC presented the colors, Mackenzie Barnett sang the National Anthem.
Several speeches occurred before roll call, including a Senior Class Welcome by Jasmine Lopez, a Reflection speech by Abby Blocker and a Vision speech by Chase Davis.
All three held a traditional theme of holding on to memories, encouraging all to be who they truly are while congratulating each other for making it through the last four years of high school.
“Don’t let the world miss out on what you have to offer because you owe it to yourself and everyone you have met and will meet to give life your all,” Davis said. “It’s been an honor to be a part of this class, and I know the blessing of being your classmate doesn’t end here; it’s only just begun.”
Citrus High School Class of 2017
* Number of graduates: 350
* National Anthem: Mackenzie Barnett
* Class president: Jasmine Lopez
* Class vice president: Raven Stoess
* Class representatives: Natalie Dodd and Luke Steel
* Class song: “On Top of the World” by Imagine Dragons
* Class Flower: Gardenia
* Class color: Gold
* Class motto: “You’re off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way!” Dr. Seuss: Oh, The Places You’ll Go!
* Senior Class Welcome: Jasmine Lopez
* Vision Speech: Chase Davis
* Reflection Speech: Abby Blocker