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Large photos of students in the Class of 2020 are lined up in the Petrik Thunderdome as part of the decorations for graduation.

ODA graduation has a personal touch in Sarasota

Saturday, Jul. 25, 2020 |

Large photos of students in the Class of 2020 are lined up in the Petrik Thunderdome as part of the decorations for graduation.

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Laura Davenport accepts her diploma. "It feels like we've been waiting a long time for it, but it feels great," Davenport says. "It was such a great school, and I'm so happy to have gone here."

Saturday, Jul. 25, 2020 |

Laura Davenport accepts her diploma. "It feels like we've been waiting a long time for it, but it feels great," Davenport says. "It was such a great school, and I'm so happy to have gone here."

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Will Leisher decorated his cap for graduation.

Saturday, Jul. 25, 2020 |

Will Leisher decorated his cap for graduation.

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Scott, Will and Judy Leisher commemorate Will Leisher's graduation with a family photo. Will Leisher is wearing leis because it's a Hawaiian tradition to wear leis during celebrations.

Saturday, Jul. 25, 2020 |

Scott, Will and Judy Leisher commemorate Will Leisher's graduation with a family photo. Will Leisher is wearing leis because it's a Hawaiian tradition to wear leis during celebrations.

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Jay Sussman smiles underneath his mask while accepting his diploma. "I'm glad we were able to do something (for graduation)," Sussman says.

Saturday, Jul. 25, 2020 |

Jay Sussman smiles underneath his mask while accepting his diploma. "I'm glad we were able to do something (for graduation)," Sussman says.

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Sydney Sforzo accepts her diploma and the Petrik Community Service Award, which is the highest recognition of service.

Saturday, Jul. 25, 2020 |

Sydney Sforzo accepts her diploma and the Petrik Community Service Award, which is the highest recognition of service.

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Kristen Fenker takes a video as she and Steve Fenker watch their son Luke Fenker receive his diploma.

Saturday, Jul. 25, 2020 |

Kristen Fenker takes a video as she and Steve Fenker watch their son Luke Fenker receive his diploma.

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Luke Fenker listens to David Mahler, Th Out-of-Door Academy's head of school, during his individual ceremony.

Saturday, Jul. 25, 2020 |

Luke Fenker listens to David Mahler, Th Out-of-Door Academy's head of school, during his individual ceremony.

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Daniel Fernandez's family watches as he walks across the stage during his individual graduation ceremony.

Saturday, Jul. 25, 2020 |

Daniel Fernandez's family watches as he walks across the stage during his individual graduation ceremony.

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Daniel Fernandez goes to accept his diploma from David Mahler, head of school.

Saturday, Jul. 25, 2020 |

Daniel Fernandez goes to accept his diploma from David Mahler, head of school.

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David Mahler, The Out-of-Door Academy's head of school, shares memories he has with each graduate during their individual ceremonies.

Saturday, Jul. 25, 2020 |

David Mahler, The Out-of-Door Academy's head of school, shares memories he has with each graduate during their individual ceremonies.

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Jarred Flahive receives his diploma and the Dobosz Family Spirit Award.

Saturday, Jul. 25, 2020 |

Jarred Flahive receives his diploma and the Dobosz Family Spirit Award.

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Michael Currier hugs his son, graduate Jarred Flahive.

Saturday, Jul. 25, 2020 |

Michael Currier hugs his son, graduate Jarred Flahive.

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Harrison Koffman accepts his diploma while standing 6 feet apart from David Mahler, Out-of-Door Academy's head of school.

Saturday, Jul. 25, 2020 |

Harrison Koffman accepts his diploma while standing 6 feet apart from David Mahler, Out-of-Door Academy's head of school.

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Bijan Gorji takes a photo of his daughter Natalie Gorji after she accepts her diploma.

Saturday, Jul. 25, 2020 |

Bijan Gorji takes a photo of his daughter Natalie Gorji after she accepts her diploma.

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Nicholas Morgan is one of 75 Out-of-Door Academy seniors graduating from the school this year.

Saturday, Jul. 25, 2020 |

Nicholas Morgan is one of 75 Out-of-Door Academy seniors graduating from the school this year.

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Eugenia Kornacki shows off the cap she decorated.

Saturday, Jul. 25, 2020 |

Eugenia Kornacki shows off the cap she decorated.

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Joseph Palmeri is ready to go to the University of Central Florida now that he has his diploma from The Out-of-Door Academy.

Saturday, Jul. 25, 2020 |

Joseph Palmeri is ready to go to the University of Central Florida now that he has his diploma from The Out-of-Door Academy.

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Eliana Trueblood is described as "fierce" on the soccer field by David Mahler, head of school, during her individual graduation ceremony.

Saturday, Jul. 25, 2020 |

Eliana Trueblood is described as "fierce" on the soccer field by David Mahler, head of school, during her individual graduation ceremony.

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Yichen Cai celebrates his graduation from Out-of-Door Academy while school staff members cheer for him.

Saturday, Jul. 25, 2020 |

Yichen Cai celebrates his graduation from Out-of-Door Academy while school staff members cheer for him.

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