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450 seniors will graduate June 8


Upper Arlington High School's 450 seniors will don black gowns and mortarboards Sunday, June 8, as they celebrate the school's 90th annual commencement.

The ceremony begins with the UAHS Symphonic Orchestra playing Pomp and Circumstance at 2 p.m. at Veterans Memorial, 300 W. Broad St., Columbus.

Assistant Principal Andrew Theado, who will take over as principal of the high school July 1, said 67 students in the class of 2014 earned a 4.0 or higher grade point averages.

He said those students received about $2 million worth of scholarships.

"These seniors are an exceptional group," he said. "They have set new standards in both academics and extracurricular activities. Above all, they have represented themselves, their families and Upper Arlington High School positively and with great character.

"I wish them the best of luck," he said.

On the commencement program, 82 students are listed as graduating summa cum laude, after earning GPAs of 3.95 or higher.

Assistant Principal Tom Cochran said the senior class seems poised for success.

"It has been an honor to work with the class of 2014 during their time at Upper Arlington High School," he said. "This is an impressive group of young men and women. I know they will be extremely successful in their future endeavors."

The seniors decided to distribute their class funds by giving $1,000 to McCullough Scholarships; $1,000 to the Stefanie Spielman Foundation; $500 to the Summer Academy need-based scholarships; $300 to the Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Foundation; $250 to the Arlingtonian student publication; $250 to the BARE student literary publication; $300 to the global language department; $250 to the social studies scholarship fund; $300 to Bears for Beijing; $250 to Special Olympics; $250 to Junior State of America and $2,000 to the reunion fund.

Senior class secretary Jack Mellon will open the commencement ceremony, followed by the Senior Symphonic Choir singing the national anthem and the UAHS alma mater.

Jake Muratore will play Bach: Cello Suite No. 2, Sarabande, then Rachel Eastwood, senior class treasurer, will recognize student award-winners.

Seniors Kaki Tzagournis, Ruba Elzein and Givi Garcia will also perform musical pieces and the Senior Symphonic Choir, accompanied by Duy Phan, will sing For Good, by Stephen Schwartz, before Principal Ryan McClure presents the class of 2014.

Class vice president Zoe Collis will give a welcome speech; Christian Dunn will give the Cum Laude address and class president Sheridan Hendrix will give closing remarks.

Superintendent Paul Imhoff will also speak at the ceremony and UA Board of Education President Stacey Royer and Vice President Nancy Drees will hand out diplomas.