Upper Arlington News

UAHS seniors prepare for June 9 graduation


About 450 Upper Arlington High School seniors will don black gowns and mortarboards as they celebrate graduation at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 9, at Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 300 W. Broad St. in Columbus.

No tickets are needed, but people should bring cash for parking fees, Assistant Principal Tom Cochran said.

He said the Upper Arlington High School Band will play Pomp and Circumstance by Edward Elgar as graduating seniors walk in a processional to their seats.

The Senior Symphonic Choir will sing the national anthem and the high school's alma mater.

Senior class vice president Elizabeth Tzagournis will greet seniors, along with Superintendent Jeffrey Weaver.

Musical presentations include senior Alee Overmyer singing You Are My Home, from The Scarlet Pimpernel; a dance duet by seniors Lizzie Rumpz and Elise Dakin; the Senior Symphonic Choir singing For Good, by Stephen Schwartz, accompanied by Emma Tsao; and senior Meghan Campbell singing Time of Your Life, by Green Day.

Board of Education President Robert Arkin, along with Vice President Stacey Royer, will present diplomas. Casey Ivanovich, senior class president, will give closing remarks.

The Cum Laude Address will be given by senior Raul Carvalho, who is graduating summa cum laude.

A total of 55 seniors will be graduating summa cum laude, with grade point averages of 3.95 and higher.

Cochran said the class of 2013 will donate its class funds to several organizations. He said $1,000 will go to Strides for Sudan, started by the Class of 2013 House D; $750 to the McCullough Scholarship; $500 to Senior Social Studies Scholarship Fund; $500 to the Upper Arlington Community Theatre and $200 to Summer Academy.

School board member Nancy Drees said she attended Senior Capstone Day and was very impressed with the class of 2013 and their projects.

"Our students never cease to amaze me with their talents and their insight," she said. "Surprisingly, all the presentations I witnessed included some expression of freedom and what freedom means to them. The other aspect I enjoyed was their positive attitude of what can be accomplished -- it was refreshing."

The Upper Arlington Education Foundation awarded $16,100 in scholarships to the seniors from 10 of its designated funds, said Joanie Dugger, executive director.

She said each scholarship has a committee and criteria that are considered for selection.

"These designated funds were set up years ago," she said. "All but two were set up to memorialize a student or teacher, with the other for a superintendent and teacher still living. Each one is targeted toward a student in an area of interest which holds special meaning for the student or teacher being remembered."

The James Bass Community Service Award went to Tessia Vasquez and Stewart Silver; the Francis Richard Barnes Humanitarian Scholarship went to Lauren Stechschulte; the Pat Hamilton Art Scholarship went to May Kodama and the Trevor Hartley Memorial Football Scholarship went to Nick Milo.

Greg Dinger received the David Hajek Marching Band Spirit Award; Vasquez received the HER Scholars Award; Jacob Conrad received the Keith Krieger Music Scholarship; Brian Yuh received the John Lohse Science Award; Katie Simpson received the John Lohse Orchestra Spirit Award; Madison English received the Pat Stewart PTO Scholarship and Mackenzie Martin received the William Schaefer IB Scholarship.

"These are all wonderful scholarships that have significant impact and meaning for the recipients and the student or teacher being remembered," Dugger said.

Upper Arlington's National Merit Scholarship winners, receiving $2,500 awards, were seniors Nicholas Donadio, Benjamin Kompa and Stewart Silver, who also will graduate summa cum laude.