The final days of spring herald the final days of high school for many in Grove City.

The final days of spring herald the final days of high school for many in Grove City.

The graduation ceremony for Grove City Christian High School will be at 7 tonight (Thursday, May 29) in the Grove City Church of the Nazarene, 4770 Hoover Road.

Ceremonies for Central Crossing and Grove City high schools start at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. respectively at each of the schools on Saturday, May 31.

Many will go on to better things, but there are only a few who stand out above the rest of their class.

From Central Crossing, Kyle Wagner will be valedictorian while Rose Aldea will be salutatorian.

Elizabeth Baack, Jenice Brown and Courtney Johnson are all ranked number one in grade point average at Grove City High School. Adam Morris ranked number two.

Nikita Kevlich will be Grove City Christian High School's valedictorian, while Madison Brackman will be salutatorian.

After speaking with the top students of the class, it's obvious that they are looking forward to the future, but they said they'll still miss some things about high school.

"I'm going to miss papers that are less than 10 pages long," Aldea said.

Aldea plans to go to Columbia University in New York City where she intends to study international relations.

She was the student body historian and president of the Columbus Youth Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

Wagner, Central Crossing's valedictorian, said he plans to study biomedical engineering at Wright State University. He added that he'll miss the extracurricular activities. He played basketball for the school for three years and currently works for Abercrombie and Fitch.

Baack of GCHS was the field commander of the marching band for two years and worked with Little Theatre Off Broadway for 10 years.

She said she plans to study molecular genetics at Ohio State University.

She ultimately would like to do medical research for cancer. Her mom had breast cancer when Baack was 2, she said.

Morris of GCHS was vice president of the Spanish club and said he plans to be a child psychiatrist. He's going to OSU to study chemistry, and eventually, pre-medicine.

Kevlich, valedictorian of Grove City Christian High School, said he plans to study chemical engineering at OSU to eventually earn a doctorate degree and do research.

Kevlich was born in Russia and came to the U.S. when he was 7 years old. He said he would like to establish a scholarship fund for his school.

"I don't know my specific purpose in life," he said, "but I've been placed here for a reason."

For the Christian high school's salutatorian, life is about helping others, Brackman said.

"I don't really like school a whole lot," Brackman said. "I excel at it, but I don't really like it."

Brackman said she plans to go to Wright State to study nursing. She's been volunteering at Nationwide Children's Hospital for one year.

"I don't like to be selfish," she said.