Graduation ceremonies are being held this weekend and next at Johnstown Monroe and Northridge high schools.

Graduation ceremonies are being held this weekend and next at Johnstown Monroe and Northridge high schools.

Johnstown Monroe was scheduled to hold its ceremony Saturday evening, weather permitting, at the football stadium, or indoors at the high school in case of rain. Northridge is scheduled to hold its ceremony at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 5, in the high school gymnasium.

"We always hold it inside," said Carrie Baker, senior class advisor.

Northridge will graduate 114 students, 12 of whom met valedictorian criteria of 4.0 grade-point average or above, and one salutatorian who has the next highest GPA.

"The class colors are purple and white, and the class flower is the tulip," Baker said.

She said 15 students have earned an honors diploma and 30 students have earned the award of merit. Both classifications are based upon maintaining GPA standards, a qualifying score on the ACT exam and a distribution of course work in required subjects.

Northridge does not have a commencement speaker, but each valedictorian and the salutatorian may speak.

"The valedictorians and salutatorian all have the opportunity to present a speech, and most of them do," Baker said. "They don't last very long, but they do have the opportunity to address their class. We don't have an outside speaker."

Northridge valedictorians are Kaila Van Fossen, Jeff Kingery, Brittany Nicole Hupp, Kolt Michael McDaniel, Keilah Ketron, Lauren Cornwell, Taylor Gingery, Kelsey Garrabrant, Emily VanNess, Amy Boesch, Scotty Nicole Teal, and Lucas McClure, and the salutatorian (next highest grade point average) is Dana VanDervort.

At Johnstown Monroe, American government teacher Carl Dufford is in his 32nd year as senior class advisor.

"All the seniors take American government, so it's a good fit," Dufford said.

At Johnstown Monroe, the valedictorian for the class of 2011 is Allison Colvin, who will be attending Wright State University, and class salutatorian is Caitlyn Fry, who will be attending Ohio University.

Both women will address the senior class, as will superintendent Damien Bawn.

Among the class of 101 graduates, 17 students will be recognized for achieving a 4.0 GPA or above.