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RHS graduation

Ceremony will separate students by academy


About 380 Reynoldsburg High School seniors will soon march down the aisles of the Schottenstein Center, 555 Borror Drive, wearing colorful pennants that indicate which academy they attended.

The 2013 commencement ceremony will take place at 7 p.m. Monday, June 3.

No tickets are required; friends and family members of graduates are welcome to attend, said Tara Rahm, Encore Academy teacher and graduation coordinator.

Parking at the Schott costs $5 per vehicle.

"An interesting change to this year's ceremony is that students will be sitting by academy at the Schottenstein Center," she said.

All the seniors will wear purple gowns and mortarboards, but the pennants around their necks will mark which academy they have attended.

BELL Academy students will wear silver pennants; HS2 students wear gold pennants; Encore students wear teal and eSTEM Academy students wear green. All the pennants have white trim.

Rahm said each student may choose a staff member to give them their diploma during the ceremony.

"As we seat them by academy, we will also seat them alphabetically by the staff member they chose," she said. "We will have two lines of students coming up at once, such as Encore and eSTEM going at the same time, so that while one kid is walking across the stage, we will be in the process of calling a name on the other side."

One student from each academy will speak at the ceremony, as will one Eastland Career Center student.

Rahm said the senior class no longer has a class president or student council members. Those positions were "casualties" of the academy system.

"We let any senior apply to speak at graduation, which is why we don't know yet who will be speaking," she said last week. "We asked the interested seniors to submit speeches and will pick the one we like the best."

Diana Nash, who is putting the commencement program together, said the Senior Ensemble will sing Like an Eagle, by Carol Strommen at the ceremony.

"Two of our 'Rowdy Raiders,' Connor and Corbin Davis, who are twins, lead the class of 2013 in accepting their diplomas and moving their tassels," she said.

She said the Rowdy Raiders are a group of seniors who are "unofficially" in charge of school spirit.

"They attend all the games and help organize other spirit-related activities during the year," she said.

Nash provided a list of "potential valedictorians," since all testing has not been completed. They are students from all four academies who have a 4.0 or higher grade point average.

They are: Jodeci Acosta-Gorman, Cameron Aitken, Jessie Alianiello, Brandon Alves, Alison Anderson, Logan Baker, Elizabeth Barclay, Jennifer Barry, Erika Barth, Nia Booker, Kirsten Boone, Kenya Chatman, Lynn Desamours, Joshua Dorsett, Rediet Endalew, Stephanie Estell, Mitzi Fernandez Herrera, Kassandra Fox, Jennifer Goebel, Chloe Greening, Ivana Grozdic, Jimmie Harris, Yasmine Hassan, Sonya Maher, Maranda McGarvey, Katlynn Merringer, Rahel Neguse, Taylor Phillips, Jordan Reed, Madeline Rettig, Marisa Riegle, Abigail Skofield, Taeylor Stanley, Shayla Thompson and Nathaniel Wallace.