Gahanna Lincoln High School seniors are proud of the community service, team spirit and leadership that have characterized the 585-member class of 2013.
Graduation will be at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, June 1, at the Schottenstein Center.
Student council president Brooke Motsinger said one of the highlights this year was the first dance marathon to raise funds for pediatric cancer.
"We gave up our winter formal for that event and raised $8,200," she said.
Motsinger said the entire DECA team also qualified for state and competed nationally in California.
"We call ourselves a DECA family," she said. "There's a lot of diversity in our class with people involved in different things. All of us have been great leaders in the schools."
Brandon Muschlitz, National Honor Society and Key Club president, said the unveiling of the innovative Clark Hall was a highlight of his high school career.
"That's one thing our students like," he said. "It's a new fun, innovative experience. It's cool to have a class at Clark Hall."
Muschlitz, who has been active in service clubs, said the students with whom he interacts are interested in helping the community and making an impact.
"That's great to see," he said.
He also appreciates band, orchestra and the arts.
"It makes us feel like our schools aren't just for learning but socializing and expressing yourself through music or art," Muschlitz said.
He said the class of 2013 has been fun.
"Our student section is always doing new things, new cheers," Muschlitz said. "It makes football games exciting."
Last fall's football game win over DeSales is a senior highlight for Jenny Huynh, editor of the Lion's Roar student newspaper and DECA president.
"DeSales has always been our rivalry," she said. "When our class beat DeSales, it was an incredible memory. When I look back, I'll remember that."
Huynh said she also would remember Vice President Joe Biden's visit to Lincoln High School last year.
"It was an incredible moment to have a historical figure before me," she said. "Our entire class these past four years has grown as individuals and as a family. I know I'll miss everyone so much. I think we've developed as people, and now we're legally adults."
High school principal Dwight Carter said the senior class has been an amazing group of young people.
"They've excelled in every area: academics, the arts and athletics," he said. "They are a caring and close group and seem to have enjoyed their high school experience."
Carter said several seniors have done great things in Science Academy classes, national math competitions and economics competitions, to name a few.
"What stands out most about this group is their ability to respond to a challenge," he said. "Over the years, we've challenged our students to be great representatives of their families and this school community.
"The last two years we have had a number of visitors from various school districts, and they always comment about how polite, respectful and mature our seniors are," he said. "That's something we can all be proud of."