Family and friends packed the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach Tuesday evening when 297 Mainland High School seniors received their diplomas.
Valedictorian Canden Allen, who has enlisted in the U.S. Navy as a cryptologic technician, and salutatorian Sara Casimiro, who will study biomedical engineering at Florida State University, addressed their peers during the ceremony.
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Tuesday night's celebration was the second graduation ceremony for Volusia County Schools' 2022 graduation season, with 3,905 expected to walk across the stage and flip and their tassels.
These graduates have completed their final two years of high school amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
To watch graduations online, visit VCS LIVE Stream on YouTube.
Nikki Ross covers K-12 education, health and COVID-19 for the Daytona Beach News-Journal. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow her on Twitter @nikkiinreallife.
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