Members of Gahanna Lincoln High School's class of 2012 have the distinction of being the district's first students to attend the innovative Clark Hall.

Members of Gahanna Lincoln High School's class of 2012 have the distinction of being the district's first students to attend the innovative Clark Hall.

They were the freshman class when Dwight Carter became high school principal. And they hosted Vice President Joe Biden.

Those are just two of the momentous occasions that mark the high school careers of the nearly 550 seniors who are scheduled to graduate during commencement exercises set to begin at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, June 2, at the Ohio State University's Schottenstein Center, 555 Borror Drive.

Carter said members of the class of 2012 were pioneers, being the first to be part of the educational learning center, Clark Hall.

"They're involved in so many activities inside and out of school," he said. "They care about one another. They had Vice President Joe Biden visit. That was huge.

"Overall, they have had a positive high school experience. They have phenomenal leadership."

Carter said the seniors lost classmate Shane Albaugh from a heart condition last summer.

"That impacted this group of seniors," he said. "He was a lovable kid and indicative of the senior class. He was in jazz and marching bands, TV and the Paw Print."

Carter said the senior class also has been very giving in terms of fundraising for various charities.

"They are also very spirited," he said. "They loved being part of LHS. They wanted to enjoy every aspect. Participation at games was high, as well as in band, orchestra and choir."

Student council president Sanchi Arora said it was a "once-in-a-lifetime experience" when she was given the opportunity to introduce Biden.

"It was a thrill," she said. "I've been given so many opportunities here."

Arora said she thinks the class of 2012 would be remembered as a group who loved to have fun but also was hard working.

"One of our class strengths is that we're hard workers," Arora said. "We've achieved what we have from hard work."

She said almost every senior has plans for further education or a job.

"A lot of people have scholarships," she said.

Many of the varsity and club teams also excelled, with some even making state appearances.

National Honor Society president Katie O'Donovan said her class has been the class that took changes head on.

"We were the first freshman class with Mr. Carter as principal," she said. "Our class was the first for Clark Hall. I took a double block of micro biology at Clark. We had tons of great brand-new equipment. With the amount of lab time, there were lots of opportunities."

O'Donovan said the class, overall, has many good kids, and the average grade-point average is fairly high.

"I've had so much fun my senior year," she said. "This class has been fun to be a part of."

The seniors' class colors are blue and silver; the flower is the blue iris.

The motto is by Evan Esar: "Success is the good fortune that comes from aspiration, desperation, perspiration and inspiration."

Steve Benninger, lead pastor of New Life Church of Gahanna, will provide the commencement address.

Tickets are not required for admission to commencement; however, seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Handicapped parking and seating will be available.