New Smyrna Beach High School seniors graduate to young adults

Jim TagerHeadline Surfer videos by Sera Frederick / All 392 graduating seniors, whose names were called to the stage to receive their diplomas are included in the 24/7 Internet newspaper's exclusive multimedia coverage of the NSBHS Class of 2012. More videos below.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Principal Jim Tager and his devoted staff of teachers and counselors got together for one last hurrah with the seniors of the Class of 2012 before unleashing them onto a world unto their own to begin life's journey as young adults.

What distinguishes this class from previous ones, Tager said, is how giving they were to the community. Consider these statistics and it's easy to see why Tager is so proud of the 392 graduates: They collectively volunteered a whopping 19,967 hours of community service and were rewarded with a rececord $2.21 million in scholarships. Headline Service is proud to provide this exclusive video coverage of the June 2 graduation from the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach. The 24/7 Internet newspaper is the first in Florida to provide this kind of comprehensive digital coverage for a second year in a row.

In the video to the left, Class President Caitlyn Zona encourages her classmates to consider what the word "change" means to them at this point in their lives.  In the video to the right, Valedictorian Alexandria Spradlin tells her classmates the time has come for them to begin their journeys through life and not to cede decisions on where they're going to others.

Jim Tager is all smiles after a lively graduation commencement for the NSBHS Class of 2012. In the second video, Volusia County Chairman Frank Bruno and his wife Mary speak with Headline Surfer on their impression of the ceremony.

Editor's Note: As part of our ongoing commitment to greater New Smyrna Beach, Headline Surfer is putting together a video highlights package looking back at the accomplishments of the graduating seniors and those in the lower grades including Homecoming, home foottball games, the marching band, the baseball team, senior honots night, the prom and a special blog by our student blogger Cheyenne Drews.