Bradley's first four-year seniors graduate May 22
Bradley High School seniors will celebrate commencement at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 22, in the Jerome Schottenstein Center, 555 Borror Drive, on the campus of the Ohio State University.
The Bradley class of 2013 is the first of Hilliard's three high schools to graduate on consecutive days at the Schottenstein Center.
Davidson High School seniors will graduate Thursday, May 23, and seniors from Darby High School will graduate Friday, May 24.
Bradley's approximately 330 seniors have a special distinction: They are the first graduating class from Bradley whose members attended the high school all four years.
Bradley opened its doors in August 2009.
The distinction is not lost on the students or the faculty.
"This class is noted for spending all four of their high school years at Bradley, but it's how they spent those years," said Principal David Stewart.
Stewart called the class "tremendous leaders" and lauded the amount of community service members have performed.
"They have invested in our community," Stewart said.
The graduates include valedictorian Christian Deiderich and salutatorian Andrew Read-McFarland.
The status of Bradley's first four-year graduates is illustrated by the friendship that developed between Deiderich and Read-McFarland, even as both competed against each other for valedictorian.
The two met as members of the "Tech Crew" at Bradley, building sets for the school's drama club and helping with productions.
"It was back and forth and for a while Andrew was on top, but it's always been a friendly rivalry," said Deiderich, who finished with a grade-point average of 4.528, about one-tenth of one point ahead of Read-McFarland.
Both are scheduled to speak at the commencement.
Deiderich said he will speak about the class of 2013 as the first to attend Bradley all four years.
Read-McFarland said his address centers on how rivals should be themselves.
Deiderich plans to attend the Ohio State University for computer engineering.
Read-McFarland plans to attend Denison University for computer science.
Bradley's top 10 students for the 2013 are Deiderich, Read-McFarland, Saad Asim, Devin Baith, Sara Butauski, Josh Guy, Cailin Hogan, Chris Kramb, Lauren Thai and Dana Turner.