New Smyrna Beach High School Principal James Tager credits 'A School' rating to efforts of staff, teachers, students and parents

New Smyrna Beach High School Principal James video by multimedia editor Sera Frederick / Principal James Tager celebrates his first year at helm of 400-member graduating class after four years at middle school as principal. Tager led Saturday's commencement at the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach where he sent 400 seniors into the real world as young adults.

DAYTONA BEACH -- James Tager may be a rookie principal at New Smyrna Beach High School, but he already knew many of the 400 graduates from their four years together at the middle school where he was also principal. interviewed Tager on video camera immediately after Saturday's graduation at the Ocean Center attended by more than 4,000 parents, extended family members and friends.

Tager showed respect to those at the head of the class and those who raised them, introducing the parents of Class President Imran Lufi, Salutatorian Drew Walker and Valedictorian Ericka Kirkpatrick. He asked the sets of parents to please stand and be recognized publicly before each of the trio presented their addresses to the class.

Tager also showed class, crediting New Smyrna Beach High School's "A School" rating not to himself, but his staff, teachers, the students themselves and their parents.

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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet in Daytona Beach, Florida, via Specializing in breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most experienced reporters with dozens of journalism-industry awards. Frederick is enrolled online at Full Sail University in Winter Garden, FL where he's pursuing an MA in New Media/Journalism (degree in March 2018). Frederick earned his BA in Political Science/Public Admin. (concentration in Writing) from Central Connecticut State University, 1984, where he recieved the President's Citation for "academic excellence & outstanding campus/community service." Prior to myriad duties as publisher/award-winning journalist of Headline Surfer, 2008-present; Frederick was city hall reporter for the Palatka Daily News, 2007-'08; city editor of the Taunton (MA) Daily Gazette, 2005-2006; cops & courts/legal affairs writer for the Daytona Beach News-Journal, 1996-'04; and cops & courts for the Rockland (NY) Journal-News/Gannett Suburban Newspapers, 1989-'96.