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'Remarkable' Davidson seniors graduate May 23

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Hilliard Davidson's top 10 students are (front, from left) Tricia Woellert, Lauren Hoover, Matthias Heinz, Lou Takahashi, Olivia Barney, (back, from left) Kyle Martin, Michael Porter, Michael Kreiser, Peter Jakes and Daniel Chang.

Davidson High School seniors will celebrate commencement at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 23, in the Jerome Schottenstein Center, 555 Borror Drive, on the campus of the Ohio State University.

The Davidson class of 2013 is the second of three Hilliard classes to graduate on consecutive days. Bradley seniors will graduate Wednesday, May 22, and Darby seniors will graduate Friday, May 24.

The district expects approximately 415 to graduate from Davidson, making it the largest class among the three high schools.

Valedictorian Matthias Heinz and salutatorian Lou Takahashi will be among the graduates.

Heinz said he will speak to the class about the impact others can have on the direction of one's life.

"Everyone you meet has some sort of influence on you," Heinz said.

Heinz said he had no significant plans for the little time he will have before embarking on a collegiate career at Ohio State, where he plans to study physics.

"I do look forward to going to Ohio State University and beginning and all the opportunities I will have in an independent academic setting," Heinz said.

Takahashi said he plans to attend Case Western Reserve University to study mechanical engineering.

Even at a young age, Takahashi said, he knows each day is a blessing. His graduation address will be about living each day to the fullest.

Principal John Bandow also is scheduled to speak at the commencement.

"This is another remarkable senior class that has achieved at an exceptionally high level," Bandow said.

He said 50 Davidson seniors achieved a grade-point average of 4.0 or higher.

Bandow described the class of 2013 as "tight-knit."

"I know a majority of them would consider their classmates as some of their closest friends," Bandow said.

Davidson's top 10 students for the 2013 are Heinz, Takahashi, Olivia Barney, Daniel Chang, Lauren Hoover, Peter Jakes, Michael Kreiser, Kyle Martin, Michael Porter and Tricia Woellert.