'Remarkable' class of 2013 graduates Sunday
Half of class' 83 graduates top 3.5 GPA; $1.4 million earned in scholarships
The tassels are ready to be turned and the caps are ripe for tossing.
Eighty-three seniors are expected to receive their diplomas Sunday, May 26, as Grandview Heights High School says goodbye to the class of 2013.
The ceremony will take place at 3 p.m. May 26 in the auditorium of the high school, 1587 W. First Ave.
Seniors Courtney Collier and Rachel Smith will speak during the ceremony.
They were selected by a committee of teachers that reviewed speeches submitted by seniors vying for the honor, senior class adviser Kevin Richards said.
The keynote speaker will be Tom Sutphen, a member of the high school's class of 1943.
"Tom left (high school) before graduation to join the U.S. efforts in World War II," Richards said. "On his return, he and his brother took over the family business, the Sutphen Co., one of the nation's largest manufacturers of custom fire trucks, pumpers and aerial ladders and platforms."
In 2009, Sutphen was presented the high school diploma he never received when he left early for the war.
The class of 2013 is noteworthy for its academic achievements as well as the kindness of its members, Richards said.
"This is really just a remarkable group of students," he said.
Only students who earn a 3.5 grade-point average or better were eligible to be recognized earlier this month at the academic awards banquet; 41 seniors reached the target GPA or better.
"It's a tremendous accomplishment that says a lot about the hard work this year's senior class put in," Richards said.
The senior class received scholarship offers totaling more than $1.4 million, he said.
"They have been so generous to the underclassmen," Richards said. "Our seniors are so nice, friendly and warm to the other students and their teachers. There are just so many wonderful kids in this class."
A series of special activities were planned for the seniors, beginning with the new high school tradition of the senior walk May 15, their last day of class.
"All the other students lined up on the sidewalk at the end of the day and the seniors walked through the gauntlet to the applause of the students and teachers," Richards said.
The seniors walked to the football field where they were each given a balloon they released to mark the end of their high school years.
"There were some tears shed by students and also by parents who attended the ceremony," Richards said.
The class trip to Cedar Point took place Sunday and Monday, May 19 and 20, and seniors were scheduled to help clean up city parks Tuesday, May 21, as part of senior service day.
Graduation practice will be held at 1:45 p.m. Friday, May 24, in the auditorium, and baccalaureate will be at 6:45 p.m. Saturday, May 25, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 1565 Cambridge Blvd.