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Classes of 2014 are scheduled to graduate Saturday

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The Dublin City School District will say goodbye to the class of 2014 this weekend.

Graduation for Dublin seniors is slated for Saturday, May 31, in the Schottenstein Center on the Ohio State University campus.

Dublin Coffman High School's ceremony will begin at 10 a.m., Dublin Jerome High School's at 1 p.m. and Dublin Scioto High School's at 4 p.m.

Coffman will say goodbye to a smart and giving class.

This weekend, 51 percent (240 seniors) of Coffman's class, will graduate Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude or Summa Cum Laude with a 3.5 grade-point average or higher, Coffman Principal Mike Ulring said.

Fifteen percent of the seniors, or 69 students, also earned a 4.1 GPA or higher and will be recognized as valedictorians during graduation, Ulring said.

"They are also a part of a record number of students taking Advanced Placement Exams this year," he said.

But academics aren't all the class of 2014 embodies.

"They were a very giving class, raising thousands of dollars for charity and doing countless acts of kindness for others in our community," he said.

In fact, there are many things Ulring said he'll miss about the class of 2014.

"Many things, but mostly their kindness," he said.

"This group has a lot of heart and it showed when you talked with them individually."

Jerome will lose a very academically gifted class, said Principal Cathy Sankey.

"They've eclipsed all other classes and really most classes in the area and the state of Ohio academically," she said.

Sankey isn't exaggerating when she talks about academic accomplishments; 20 are National Merit Scholar Semifinalists, eight were named Presidential Scholar candidates, six received perfect ACT scores and 72 will be valedictorians at graduation.

But Jerome's class of 2014 wasn't focused solely on academics.

"The class certainly dedicated themselves to making Jerome and the community better," Sankey said. "They raised over $10,000 in a completely student-run project to help Emma Dickman walk."

Dickman, a student at Riverside Elementary School, is the daughter of Jerome staffer Steve Dickman and is trying to walk despite being diagnosed with quadriplegic cerebral palsy as an infant.

The class of 2014 also work-ed to improve school spirit, trying to rack up the most student attendance at athletic events.

"We'll really miss the student leadership, especially dedicating themselves to school spirit," Sankey said.

"This class has been a wonderful class in terms of leadership, character and scholarship. It's truly an amazing class."

Scioto Principal Donis Toler will say goodbye to the first class he has led since they were freshmen.

"This is my first class I've been with for four years," Toler said. "It's a very academically strong class, but their leadership is what sets them apart the most," he said.

"They're great leaders that have purveyed in making this school a little better than when they came here."

The Scioto class of 2014 was also very enthusiastic about community service.

"They're about reaching out and trying to help out within the community and inside the building," Toler said.

"I'm about the whole person and they're great from academics to the social aspect and how they treat people."

Saying goodbye to the Scioto seniors will also mean saying so-long to a class with humor.

Toler said he would most miss the seniors' "uncanny ability to make you laugh at anything you wouldn't normally laugh at," and that includes the senior prank that involved water balloons.

"With senior pranks every year you worry about plans going awry or being destructive," Toler said. "There was nothing destructive about it and there was minimal collateral damage," he said.

"The class didn't take the prank to the next level ... . It's a good class with very good leadership."

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