Delaware News

221 Big Walnut students receive diplomas May 17


Big Walnut High School was scheduled to graduate 221 students during commencement for the class of 2014, Saturday, May 17.

The commencement was to be held at the school, 555 South Old 3C Road.

Principal Jeff Jones said farewell to his first senior class as principal of the school. He described this group of seniors as strong leaders.

"The thing I take away from this group is their leadership and service to others," Jones said.

Forty-two students, which is 19 percent of the graduating class, achieved a 4.0 or higher grade-point average.

Big Walnut does not recognize a single valedictorian, but honors all top-academic students who have a cumulative 4.0 or higher GPA.

Those students are:

William Adams, Megan Almendinger, Jamie Annis, Bailey Armstrong, Jeremy Bok, Julia Brown, Stephen Burgin, Grant Burks, Kory Byrne, Kayle Cappel, Alyssa Cira, Catherine Craig-Bowden,

Olivia Daggett, Amanda Drake, Andrea Dunlap, Lauren Fleser, Hannah Flynn, Caroline Ford, Arabella Goodrich, Ryan Grieser, Haley Lescinsky, Emily Malik, Carter Marsch, Kelly McGuire,

Zachary Moore, Jessica Osburn, Shelby Page, Sara Petty, Mackenzie Pike, Bailey Pugh, Jesse Rines, Elyse Schnabel, Bailey Sewalk, Amber Shaheen, Hannah Shryock, Olivia Small,

McKenzie Staats, Michelle Stefaniak, Blake Stenger, Gabriel Vance, Katherine van Hollen and Erin Wetzel.

Jones said that 192 students (a little less that 87 percent) of the 221 that comprise the class of 2014 will be attending colleges or universities in the fall.

As graduates begin to enter the next chapter in their lives, Jones advised students to continue being strong leaders in the community and serve others.

"I would tell them to continue to keep paying it forward and keeping with that spirit of service," Jones said. "It is one of the things to be successful in life."