Jeff Bryan
Vanessa Ortiz, left, and Matalyn “Mattie” Gibbs, were the top two academic students for the Dunnellon High School Class of 2019. Perez was named the class valedictorian, while Gibbs is the the salutatorian. The pair will address their fellow graduates at 6 p.m. Saturday at Richard Kennedy Stadium when the school will host graduation ceremonies for this year’s class

The whirlwind of the past four years will come to a close Saturday night for the Dunnellon High School Class of 2019 as the 240-plus graduates prepare to close out one chapter of their lives, and begin the next journey.

For Vanessa Ortiz, class valedictorian, she is already preparing for the next step of life at the University of Florida. She knows full well college will have its ups and downs.