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Darby High School seniors graduate May 24

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Hilliard Darby High School seniors will celebrate commencement at 7 p.m. Friday, May 24, in the Jerome Schottenstein Center, 555 Borror Drive, on the campus of the Ohio State University.

The Darby class of 2013 is the last of Hilliard's three high schools to graduate on consecutive days at the Schottenstein Center.

Bradley and Davidson seniors graduated Wednesday, May 22, and Thursday, May 23, respectively.

District officials expect about 364 seniors to graduate from Darby.

Valedictorian Alan Li and salutatorian Nick Antos will be among the graduates and both will address their classmates during commencement.

Li said his speech will draw upon his experience as a cross country and track athlete.

"I think my experience as a runner can be used as an illustration for running the race of life," Li said.

Li plans to attend the University of Miami in Florida and study biology and chemistry.

He said he desires to be a physician, but has not considered a specialty.

"I've loved the time I've had at Darby ... I met a lot of great people I'll miss," said Li, adding the school provided him with challenges that have prepared him well for college.

Antos, a pianist, said his will speak about how life is a medley, similar to a piano composition.

"The people, things and places in your life are like a song. ... Transitions are key changes," Antos said. "The people who come and go in your life are your co-writers, but you are the composer and only you can play your own medley."

Antos will attend the University of Chicago, where he plans to study biology and pre-med.

"My teachers at Darby saw me as a person and not just as a student ... and I learned much more than just what was on a test," Antos said.

Darby Principal Ryan McClure lauded the class of 2013 not just for its academic achievement, but also for community service.

"They have been as great as any class ... and second to none," McClure said. "The seniors here have left a legacy in many areas in their dedication and investment in Darby High School and the community.

"I think that dedication and investment will transfer to future endeavors."

Darby's top 10 students for 2013 are Li, Antos, Faisal Baig, Benjamin Fair, Heather Fogarty, Sonya Kapoor, Samuel Marcucci, Emily Paradis, Grant Wagner and Chase Yoder.

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