Olentangy schools will celebrate the achievements of 974 graduating seniors this weekend.

Olentangy schools will celebrate the achievements of 974 graduating seniors this weekend.

Graduation ceremonies for all three Olentangy high schools will be held Saturday, June 2, at the Ohio Expo Center, 717 E. 17th Ave. in Columbus.

Orange High School will kick off graduation day with a ceremony at 10 a.m. The ceremony will recognize 325 graduating seniors.

The graduating class is Orange High School's third, and its largest yet. The school opened in August 2008.

The class of 2012 also is the first graduating class to have attended Orange all four years of high school. Principal Todd Meyer said the group has defined the school's culture.

"They embraced the new high school from day one," he said. "This class is near and dear to my heart and they have been instrumental in shaping who we are as a school."

Meyer said the group is bright, academically talented and highly motivated inside and outside of the classroom. Members of the graduating class also are caring and generous, and have dedicated much of their time to fundraising and philanthropic activities, he said.

"They care very much about their school and their community," he said. "Overall, this is one of the most outstanding graduating classes I've ever been associated with."

The school will recognize three valedictorians for 2012: Mariah Hazlett, Joseph Lee and Daniel Meyung.

Olentangy High School will hold its 2012 graduation ceremony at 2 p.m. The ceremony will honor 284 seniors.

The class of 2012 has seen great academic achievements, raking in more than $11 million in scholarship offers, said Principal Tom McDonnell.

The group also is artistically gifted and includes numerous standout athletes, McDonnell said.

"They have an energy about them that you can feel every day when you come to school," he said.

He said the class of 2012 has worked hard to carry on the school's traditions.

"They're represented our school very well," he said. "We'll be sad to see them go, but we expect a lot of great things out of them."

The school's three valedictorians are: Emily McGuinness, Katy Olson and Patrick Zuelke.

Liberty High School will round out the day with the third graduation ceremony starting at 6 p.m. Graduating seniors will number 365.

Principal Randy Wright said he has been impressed by the senior class' "giving nature," with many seniors taking leadership roles and helping the school raise more than $50,000 for various charities this year.

Wright said the seniors have been successful academically, artistically and athletically, with five National Merit scholars, two artists honored in the Governor's Art Show, and state runners-up in several sports.

"They embody our core values," Wright said. "When you look at this class, you see that they have really accomplished a lot."

Oliver Wang is the class valedictorian.