Marysville High School Principal Matt Chrispin speaks highly of the class of 2013.
"They've been a tremendous group and we will certainly miss them," he said.
Members of the 134th class to graduate from MHS will receive their diplomas at 7 p.m. May 25 at the high school stadium. Chrispin said the 404 students in the class of 2013 have had a "banner year."
There are 11 valedictorians this year: MJ Richardson, James Johnstone, Jacob Beil, Aaron Cingle, Rebecca Phlipot, Danielle Kuzma, Daniel Gibson, Miranda Hampton, Zachary Kizor, Lyndsie Anderson and Erik Klaus.
Twelve students in the class of 2013 will graduate summa cum laude, 25 earned magna cum laude status and 29 will be cum laude graduates.
Three of the valedictorians are among the five National Merit Scholarship finalists and scholarship recipients at MHS. MJ Richardson, James Johnstone and Lyndsey Anderson were joined by Jacob Beil and Jonathan Merklin for those honors.
Since 1974, there have been only 39 National Merit finalists at MHS and 23 of those received scholarships. The class of 2013 brings the total number to 44 National Merit finalists.
Chrispin said the class of 2013 completed more than 8,000 hours of community service in Marysville.
Other honors for various groups at MHS this past school year include:
* The MHS marching band received a superior rating at state competition.
* The Symphonic Choir received a superior rating at state competition.
* The Show Choir was first runner-up at nationals held in Nashville, Tenn.
* The Destination Imagination team qualified for national competition.
* The Marysville FFA ranked in the top 10 in the United States.
* $5,000 was raised and donated to local charities.
* Graduating senior Noah Forrider led the wrestling team to fifth place in the state tournament. Forrider concluded an undefeated season (42-0) by being crowned champion of the 138-pound weight class. He also is the first wrestler at MHS to place at the state meet all four years.
Chrispin said all of these things add up to a very accomplished class and one proud principal.
"In the senior lunchroom, the phrase 'With tradition comes responsibility' hangs overhead in large red letters. The class of 2013 stayed true to those words, evidenced by their leadership and character they displayed throughout this year," Chrispin said.