Eleven valedictorians will lead the 207 members of Canal Winchester High School Class of 2008 through graduation ceremonies at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 1, in the high school's gymnasium.

Eleven valedictorians will lead the 207 members of Canal Winchester High School Class of 2008 through graduation ceremonies at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 1, in the high school's gymnasium.

"Our class -- academically, athletically, morally -- is the best class," said Katie Bingmer, one of the class valedictorians.

Of the 11 top students, seven have attended schools in the Canal Winchester district for 13 years -- from kindergarten to graduation.

"We all stayed close the whole time," said another valedictorian, Alex Wentz.

The 11 students have already built some extensive credentials, and they said they expect much more from themselves in the future.

Bingmer plays volleyball, softball and tuba (or Sousaphone). She said she one day aspires to dot the "i" in script Ohio for The Ohio State University Marching Band.

Not surprisingly, Bingmer is going to attend OSU. She said she wants to be a surgeon, so she wants to study biomedical science. Her tuition will be paid for by a scholarship she won for competing in an essay contest called the Maximus Competition.

Rhiannon Brady said she wants to become a physical therapist. She will attend Clarion University in Pennsylvania, where she received a $3,000 scholarship.

"She's a really, really good volleyball player," Bingmer said of her friend.

Anna Gill said she will attend Marietta College in hopes of eventually becoming a middle school teacher. Coming back to the Canal Winchester Local Schools district, she said, is something she wouldn't mind doing, either.

"She's probably one of the best friends anybody could ever have," Jacklyn Olson said.

Olson is praised by her fellow valedictorians as an excellent singer. She has also acted in school plays, including the most recent, "Treasure Island," and she is the student body president. She said she plans to go to Otterbein to study nursing.

"She's my American Idol," said Megan Deeds.

Deeds said she plans to attend Capital University, where she received a $17,000 scholarship. She wants to major in chemistry and do research.

Julianna Poole is touted as one of the hardest-working kids in her class, Bingmer said. She loves to read and excels at chemistry. She said she plans to attend OSU to major in biology and eventually do medical research.

Girls soccer team goalie and captain Jordan Osborn enjoys playing Guitar Hero, a guitar-playing simulation game, and will attend the University of Kentucky in the fall. She's undecided on her major, but said she wants to focus on working with children in her future career.

"She's one of the funniest people you'll ever meet," Bingmer said of Osborn. "But not intentionally."

Kyle Hutchins, an Eagle Scout, said he will attend Miami University to study business finance and investments. He played defense for the boys soccer team and was named No. 1, along with his partner, in an all-state financial analysis competition organized by DECA/Delta Epsilon Chi.

Wentz received a Joyce Scholarship, a full-ride scholarship, to attend OSU. The co-captain of the boys' soccer team said he wants to attend the Fisher College of Business at OSU.

He's good at math, better than his classmate Bingmer: "He's my nemesis," Bingmer said.

Michael Gibbons, also a co-captain of the boys soccer team, has worked at Shade on the Canal restaurant for two and a half years. He was named first team in the Mid-State League for soccer. He said he will attend the University of Dayton to study chemical engineering.

Alexa Mainella said she received a $2,000 scholarship to attend Miami University. She said she wants to become a veterinarian. She's raised a Palomino horse named Oliver for 10 years.

"He's my baby," she said.

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