Two Canal Winchester High School seniors will share valedictorian honors when they graduate at the top of their class on Saturday, May 24.
Morgan Jenkins and Joseph Warnimont both earned a 4.175 grade point average.
Graduation ceremonies for the 243 members of the class of 2014 are scheduled to start at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 24, at the Aladdin Shrine Center, 3820 Stelzer Road, Columbus.
This year, tickets are needed for the graduation ceremony. Seniors were each given nine tickets at graduation practice on Monday, May 19.
CWHS Principal Kirk Henderson said a nine-piece high school brass band will play at the ceremony and a choral group will perform.
Jenkins, daughter of Eric and Danita Jenkins, said she has wanted to be class valedictorian since she was in kindergarten. Warnimont, son of Michael and Terri Warnimont, set graduating at the top of his class as his eighth-grade goal.
While attending CWHS, Jenkins was a member of the drum line, percussion ensemble, marching band, track team, cross country team, French Club, National Honor Society and the school envirothon team.
She also was a representative on student council, played club soccer and participated in Relay For Life.
She said her favorite classes were calculus and chemistry. She plans to major in mechanical engineering at Cedarville University.
"I hope to go on mission trips with my college to Third World countries and build stuff for people," Jenkins said.
Warnimont plays trombone and was low-brass section leader for the marching band. He also participated in cross country, competed on the envirothon team and was the activities coordinator for the French Club.
Warnimont was also selected to play in an all-star brass band that will perform at Carnegie Hall in June.
While Warnimont enjoys music, he said, his interest in space and rockets is leading him to pursue a degree in aerospace engineering at Ohio State University.
"I think the entire culture of our school is open and friendly, and I have never really felt unwelcome. All of the students and teachers are great," he said.
He hopes to someday work for NASA or SpaceX.
Both valedictorians agreed that hard work in high school paid off for them, and they offered some advice to incoming freshmen.
"I would definitely say to challenge yourself and prepare an outline of what you need to take as a junior or senior, because what you take as a freshman or sophomore affects what you are able to take your junior or senior year," Jenkins said. "So if that's your goal (to be valedictorian), then you really have to plan ahead of time."
Warnimont said students can achieve success in school by working hard.
"I would say that you definitely want to do your homework, listen to the teachers and go to them if you need help," he said. "I always did that throughout high school. Don't be embarrassed by it.
"Ask lots of questions," he added. "Pay attention in class and try to be a good student."
Superintendent Jim Sotlar advised graduates to "take the next few days or weeks to enjoy all your accomplishment and good times you have experienced over the last 13 school years.
"Then begin preparing for the next chapter in your book of life," he added. "As the author, you write the story, creating the path ahead to the successful future you want."