Johnstown and Northridge high schools' valedictorians and salutatorians represent the best of the best.
"I just think it's a great honor and a huge achievement," Northridge principal Amy Anderson said. "It shows leadership, commitment and hard work."
Northridge senior Hannah Shank agreed.
"I'm just honored to be recognized for all the hard work," said Shank, who, along with classmates Elizabeth VanNess and Caitlyn Tulloss, is a Northridge class of 2013 valedictorian. All three seniors achieved a grade-point average of 4.3 or higher out of a class of 111.
Shank, whose parents are Dennis and Theresa Shank, plans to attend Otterbein University, where she'll study nursing. As her high school days draw to a close, she'll miss "hanging out. It's the last time I'll see everyone," she said.
VanNess said she is unsure of her major but is certain she'll attend Denison University and, thanks to her experience with Northridge's "really strong art program," she'll likely study something related to art as a minor or major.
VanNess, daughter of Talbott and Rhonda VanNess, said she looks forward to her valedictorian speech and the closure it will bring.
Tulloss plans to major in athletics training, with a double minor in history and coaching. The daughter of Richard and Pamela Tulloss, she will attend Capital University, where she also intends to run track.
"It'll be nice to see some new faces, but I'll really miss everyone here," she said.
As far as being a valedictorian is concerned, "It's a ton of work, but it paid off," Tulloss said.
Northridge's salutatorian is Travis Hammock, who has a 4.249 GPA.
Johnstown High School valedictorian Christina Warner decided upon a microbiology premed major, with a minor in dance, at Otterbein University. Warner, daughter of Beth and Brian, earned an impressive 4.632 GPA. She said she's honored to represent Johnstown High School and the class of 2013's 117 seniors. She'll miss her friends when she leaves for college, obviously, but Warner said she'll also miss her high school band and choir programs.
"The (Otterbein) choreographer encourages dance students to do theater," she said, "so hopefully, I'll participate in musicals and plays."
Johnstown High School's salutatorian is Samuel Scovell, whose GPA is 4.526.
Anderson said the big advantage to being valedictorian is that the status catches college recruiters' attention.
"I feel like if all things were equal, the college would notice the head of the class," she said.