Johnstown Independent

Johnstown to graduate 120 seniors

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Johnstown-Monroe High School is expected to graduate 120 seniors during the district's 130th commencement exercises at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 24, at the football stadium behind the high school, 401 S. Oregon St.

Principal Michael Heath said the class of 2014 is a close-knit group, school- and community-minded and academically strong, with more than $1 million in scholarships received.

Senior class president Charles Benton, who's also the salutatorian, said he and his classmates have had a blast during the past four years.

"We have a fun, goofy class," he said. "It's a very charismatic group."

He said the 2014 class also is one of the largest classes to graduate from the school.

In addition to being one of the district's largest classes, Benton said, the class is very smart, with many seniors scoring high marks on the ACT.

Benton will graduate with a 4.65 GPA. He plans to study chemical engineering at the University of Dayton in the fall.

He has earned varsity letters in soccer, football, basketball and track. He has been a part of chorale, symphonic band, the National Honor Society and the quiz bowl. He also was selected as prom king.

He's the son of Alan and Kathy Benton.

Senior Taylor Thomas is the valedictorian, with 4.7 GPA.

She plans to study biology as a pre-medicine major at the Ohio State University in the fall.

Thomas said her class was the first to have a girls soccer team, beginning when they were freshmen. She has been a member of that team.

She said the students in her class have made her high school career memorable.

In addition to participating on the girls soccer team, Thomas has been involved in marching and symphonic bands, basketball, track, the quiz bowl and the National Honor Society.

She's the daughter of Mark and Beth Thomas.

In addition to Benton, senior class officers are Alyssa Triplett, vice president; Madison Blair, secretary; Molly Schell, treasurer; and Hallie Grinstead, class representative.

The senior class motto is "Our greatest glory consists not in never failing, but rising every time we fall."

The class colors are red, black and silver. The class flower is the fire-and-ice rose.

In addition to Thomas and Benton, commencement participants will include apogee and chorale, led by choir director Melody Cox; the high school symphonic band, led by band director Joe Carver; and the presentation of colors by American Legion Post 254.

The presentation of diplomas will be under the direction of dean of students Jeff Rings, and Heath will present the class.

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