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Northridge High School

Class of 2014 to send off 110 students


Northridge High School is scheduled to graduate 110 seniors during commencement ceremonies beginning at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 1, in the school gym, 6066 Johnstown-Utica Road.

Principal Amy Anderson said the class valedictorian and salutatorian wouldn't be determined until senior exams are completed May 28 because of students' tightly competitive grade-point averages.

"I don't remember it being this close," she said.

Eleven seniors will finish their high school careers with at least a 4.0 GPA, qualifying them for an Award of Academic Distinction. They are Vivian Carney, Jana Choberka, Hayley Curran, Mikaela Disbennett, Brandon Eckstein, Marko Jesenko, Summer Prevost, Sierra Sullivan, Ryan Trimble, Kayla Wade Dunbar and Ian Ware.

Trimble, senior class president, said the class of 2014 is highly driven.

"Our class was very successful academically, as well as athletically," he said. "Haley Menix, Matt Grindle and Jacob Burke are all competing in sports at the next level."

Anderson said the seniors have shown great growth and excellence throughout their high school careers.

"The categories in which we look for growth and excellence include academics, leadership, citizenship, maturity and service," she said. "I am very proud of their accomplishments inside and outside of the classroom."

Senior class adviser Kristen Grow, who teachers senior English, said the class of 2014 has many different interests.

"It is made up of an eclectic mix of students with various talents," she said. "There are individuals who are committed to athletics, music and art, as well as those who have continuously excelled in their academic pursuits."

Not only has the class found success in various areas of interest, but its members also have served their school and their community consistently, Grow said.

The class leaders led efforts to raise money for the Susan G. Komen fund, the Johnstown-Northridge Community Food Pantry and the American Heart Association.

"They also organized and ran a holiday fair for the elementary and intermediate students," Grow said. "This class has definitely left an impression on the school and community through their unique personalities."

The class of 2014 chose silver and gold as class colors, a rose as the class flower and 100 Years, by Five for Fighting, as the class song.

The class quote by Trimble is, "We have holes in our ceiling but not in our hearts."

In addition to Trimble, other class officers are Sullivan, vice president; Curran, secretary; Grindle, treasurer; and Burke, historian.

Trimble will be a featured speaker during graduation, along with the valedictorian and salutatorian.