Hilliard City Schools' valedictorians scaled the pinnacle of success in high school and each will speak at their commencement ceremonies on May 23, 24 and 25.

Hilliard City Schools' valedictorians scaled the pinnacle of success in high school and each will speak at their commencement ceremonies on May 23, 24 and 25.

The Hilliard Davidson valedictorian is Abbey McNaughton, who said she was excited to learn she was "top of the class."

"I felt like all those years of hard work had paid off, but at the same time, I felt appreciative and blessed," she said.

McNaughton was a member of the executive council for Davidson Student Council, ran varsity cross country for four years and was a freshman focus leader, a Renaissance ambassador and a member of the National Honor Society. She was also an editor of the school newspaper, The Wildcat, and volunteers with her family on Faith Mission projects.

She said she will miss "a lot of things" about high school.

"Most of all, I think I'll miss the intense sense of community," she said. "Whether it is at a football game where the whole city is there or some other event, there is a family bond at the high school. It is a relationship that I don't think I can replace."

McNaughton is headed to Georgetown University in the fall, to major in political science and economics. She plans an eventual career in politics.

The salutatorian of the class is Henry Tran. William Carson IV is historian.

The Hilliard Darby valedictorian is Jonathan Antos, who also said he was "happy all the hard work paid off."

He was captain of the varsity soccer team, played junior varsity basketball as a sophomore, was a member of National Honor Society for three years and volunteered for 80 hours each summer with the Hilliard Free Summer Lunch program.

"I'll miss my teachers, friends and teammates," he said. "I made some strong bonds with people I care about."

Antos will attend the University of Chicago, to major in mathematics and statistics.

"My career choice is still up in the air," he said. "I'm not sure if I want to go into actuarial science, but that is a possibility. I know that I want to work with numbers."

Garrett Merz is the salutatorian of the class. He is also a National Merit finalist, along with Joshua Keaton.

The Hilliard Bradley is valedictorian is Christine Showalter.

She plays the violin and was a member of the varsity tennis team. She is a member of the National Honor Society and played in the Bradley String Quartet.

Outside of high school, she was in the Columbus Symphony Youth Orchestra for eight years and was concertmaster of the 2011 Ohio All State Orchestra.

Showalter will attend Oberlin College Conservatory in the fall, to major in violin performance.

"My favorite part of high school was orchestra," she said. "It was my place where I could completely feel at home and get a break from all the tests and studying. I could have 48 minutes where I could just play my violin and make music with my friends."

Casey Hribar is salutatorian of the class.