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Commencement 2013

1,083 new Westerville grads collect diplomas

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Members of the Westerville City Schools class of 2013 crossed the stage and received their diplomas Saturday, May 25.

The district graduated 1,083 students from Westerville Central, Westerville North and Westerville South high schools in three separate ceremonies.

Westerville Central

At Westerville Central High School, graduates Morgan Cody, Ryan Kesselring, Craig Martin, Megumi Mori, Natalie Pinney, Yousef Yacoub, Bernard Skubak, Emma Ivanauskas, Preston James Roe and Grace Busick held the top 10 academic slots in their class.

Cody, daughter of Andy and Kimberly Cody, graduated with a 4.61 grade-point average. She was a member of the National Honor Society and Treasure Tutoring at Walnut Springs Middle School and Alcott Elementary School, and a volunteer at the Central College Food Pantry.

Cody plans to attend Miami University to study psychology. She was awarded the Miami University Merit Scholarship and the Redhawk Excellence Scholarship.

Kesselring, son of Gerald and Sonja Kesselring, graduated with a 4.6 GPA.

He was a member of the varsity rowing team for Westerville Crew for four years and the National Honor Society, and was a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity and OhioHealth. He plans to attend the University of Miami to major in political science and ecosystem sciences. He received the President Scholarship Gables Grant and Macy's National Merit Scholarship.

Martin, the son of Rob and Ronda Martin, graduated with a 4.58 GPA. He was member of the soccer, cross country and track teams, and the National Honor Society.

Martin plans to attend Ohio University to study exercise physiology. He received the Gateway Excellence Scholarship and the Westerville Central Academic Booster Top Academic Male Warhawk Scholarshiop.

Mori, the daughter of Ken and Maya Mori, graduated with a 4.57 GPA. She was Key Club president, National Honor Society secretary, a John Glenn High School intern and a National Merit commended student.

Mori plans to study biology, history and pre-medicine at Brown University. She received a Brown University Academic Scholarship and the Westerville Central Academic Boosters Top Academic Female Warhawk Scholarship.

Pinney, the daughter of Richard and Amy Pinney, graduated with a 4.57 GPA. She was a member of the National Honor Society and the cross country and track teams.

She plans to study neuroscience at Ohio State University. She received the OSU Provost Scholarship and the Westerville Central Academic Booster Top All Around Female Warhawk Scholarship.

Yacoub, the son of Omar and Nawal Yacoub, graduated with a 4.46 GPA. He was a member of the Key Club, serving as lieutenant governor the the Division of the Ohio District Key Club International, as well a member of Invisible Children, Science Olympiad, the National Honor Society, the volleyball team, Columbus Youth Interfaith Youth Group, Youth Group at Noor Islamic Cultural Center and Columbus Kids Youth Voting Council.

He plans to attend Ohio State to major in biochemistry and minor in Arabic and global public health. He received the Ohio State Trustee Scholarship and the Westerville Parent Council PTA Scholarship.

Skubak, the son of Daniel and Stacey Skubak, graduated with a 4.42 grade point average. He was a class officer and a member of the cross country team.

Skubak plans to study engineering at Ohio State, where he received the Provost Scholarship.

Ivanauskas, the daughter of Saulius and Egle Ivanauskas, gradated with a 4.41 GPA.

She was a member of the National Honor Society and the volleyball and Westerville Crew teams, as well as a volunteer at Nexus Communications, Multiethnic Advocates for Cultural Competence, Hocking Valley Community Hospital and Northern Ohio Medical Specialists.

She attended honors summer math camp at Texas State University in 2010, 2011 and 2012.

Ivanauskas plans to study biology or pre-medicine at Ohio State, where she earned the Provost Scholarship.

Roe, son of Angela and Terry Roe, gradated with a 4.39 GPA. He was a member of the National Honor Society, soccer team and his church's youth group.

Roe plans to study zoology or biology at Cornell or Ohio State university. He received the Ohio State Maximus Scholarship.

Busick, daughter of Louis and Felicia Busick, gradated with a 4.39 GPA. She was a member of the Westerville Crew, Girl Scouts, National Honor Society and Rotary Youth Exchange.

She plans to study biomedical engineering at business at Ohio State.

Busick received the Jim Near Scholarship, the KEMBA Credit Union Scholarship, the Ohio State Provost Scholarship, the Hanby Elementary Scholarship for Longfellow Magnet Scholarship and the Westerville Central Academic Boosters Silver and Black Award.

Westerville North

The top 10 graduating seniors from Westerville North High School were Peter Sandvik, Brian Young, Megan Koleske, Mark Grady, Keagan Gertz, Ruben Morgan, Drake Lundstrom, Jacob Sampson, William Vosler and Gregory Gaus.

Sandvik, son of Thor and Emily Sandvik, graduated with a 4.67 GPA. He was a member of the National Honor Society, Warrior Way Leadership Team and the football and lacrosse teams, and was a junior and senior mentor.

Sandvik plans to major in chemical engineering at Ohio State, where he received the Maximus Scholarship.

Young, son of William and Denise Young, graduated with a 4.62 GPA. He was a member of the National Honor Society and Recycling Club, and served as class president.

Young is undecided on where to attend school. He received Ohio State's Maximus Scholarship.

Koleske, the daughter of Matt and Sharon Koleske, graduated with a 4.61 GPA. She was a member of the National Honor Society, lacrosse team, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Young Life.

Koleske plans to major in biology or biomedical engineering at Ohio State, where she received the Maximus Scholarship.

Grady, son of Charles and Lisa Grady, graduated with a 4.59 GPA. He was a member of the National Honor Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, pep band, volleyball team and his church's youth group.

Grady plans to major in neuroscience at Wooster College or Allegheny College. He received the Dean's Scholarship from Wooster and the Trustee's Scholarship from Allegheny.

Gertz, son of Tim Gertz and Erin Chandler, graduated with a 4.55. He was a member of the National Honor Society, Recycling Club and the swimming and cross country teams. He also was a math tutor.

Gertz plans to major in health sciences. He's received Bowling Green State University's Scholarship of Distinction and the University of Cincinnati's Cincinnatus Scholarship.

Morgan, son of Terrell and Esperanza Morgan, graduated with a 4.52 GPA. He was a member of the National Honor Society, Spanish Club, marching band, jazz band, theater, Ultimate Team and his church's handbell and vocal choirs.

Morgan received Ohio State's Maximus Scholarship, Ohio University's Gateway Excellence Scholarship, Miami University's Merit Scholarship, the University of Cincinnati's Cincinnatus Scholarship and the Leroy Gilkey Memorial Scholarship.

Lundstrom, the son of Walter and Gail Lundstrom, graduated with a 4.52 GPA. He was a member of the National Honor Society, marching band, Interact, GSA, theater, Thespian Troup, theater tech crew, robotics, the Recycling Club, Anime Club and cub soccer. He was a soccer referee and a Rotary youth exchange student.

Lundstrom plans to major in mechanical engineering. He's received Ohio State's Maximus Scholarship, the University of Cincinnati's Cincinnatus Scholarship, Clemson University's Out-of-State Academic Scholarship and Case Western Reserve University scholarship.

Sampson, the son of Charles and Makayla Sampson, graduated with a 4.51 GPA. He was a member of the National Honor Society, In the Know, orchestra and jazz band.

Sampson plans to major in mathematics at Ohio State or Wittenberg university. He's received Ohio State's Maximus Scholarship, as well as the Provost Scholarship and a music scholarship from Wittenberg.

Vosler, son of Jeffrey and Karen Vosler, graduated with a 4.5 GPA. He was a member of the National Honor Society, theater, Notables, choir and the golf team.

Vosler plans to major in sports management and business at Ohio University.

Gaus, son of Gary and Kathryn Gaus, graduated with a 4.49 GPA. He was a member of the National Honor Society and In the Know.

He plans to major in civil engineering at Ohio State, where he received the Provost Scholarship.

Westerville South

The top 10 graduating seniors from Westerville South High School were Joshua Tee, Matthew Phillips, Rachael Leonard, Mubarik Mohamed, Marina David, Jeremy Held, Morgan Oates, Leah Kincer, Melanie Raphael and Sarah Boes.

Tee, son of Adam and Daphne Tee, graduated with a 4.82 GPA. He was a member of the National Honor Society, the swim team, Young Conservatives and Chinese School ION Robotics. He was an International Baccalaureate diploma candidate, a National Merit finalist, Buckeye Boys State delegate and a tutor.

Tee plans to major in mechanical engineering at Case Western Reserve.

Phillips, son of David and Deborah Phillips, graduated with a 4.74 GPA. He was a member of the National Honor Society, Drama Club and Thespian board, and served as theater department treasure and as a auditorium crew member.

Phillips plans to study international affairs and national security. He received Ohio State's Maximus Scholarship.

Leonard, daughter of Peter and Bonnie Leonard, graduated with a 4.73 GPA. Leonard is an International Baccalaureate diploma candidate, a member of the National Honor Society, Key Club, Rotary Interact Club, Invisible Children Club and I Can, as well as a class officer, animal shelter volunteer, ESL homework tutor, president of her church's youth group and church choir.

She plans to study engineering, environmental studies or political science.

Mohamed, son of Bashir Issa and Roda Mohamoud, graduated with a 4.67 GPA. Mohamed was an International Baccalaureate diploma candidate, a member of the National Honor Society, an after school tutor and a volunteer.

Mohamed plans to study biochemistry at Ohio State. He received Ohio State's Maximus Scholarship, a National Achievement Scholarship and the Prelude Scholar Award from Ohio State and The Linkes.

David, daughter of Emile and Juliane David, graduated with a 4.64 GPA. She was an International Baccalaureate diploma candidate and National Honor Society president. She was a member of the Key Club, cross country team and track and field team, a math tutor and a volunteer.

David plans to study mathematics at Ohio State, where she was awarded the Provost Scholarship and offered a spot in the Honors Program and the Morill Scholars Program.

Held, son of Timothy and Susan Held, graduated with a 4.63 GPA. He was a member of marching band, indoor drumline, the basketball and soccer teams, and the National Honor Society.

Held plans to study environmental and plant biology at Ohio University, where he has received a full academic scholarship.

Oates, daughter of Jody and Margaret Oates, graduated with a 4.54 GPA. She was an International Baccalaureate diploma candidate, National Honor Socity member, National Merit scholarship semi-finalists, marching band section leader, theatre tech director, drama club member, animal shelter volunteer, Obama Re-Election Campaign volunteer, an auditorium manager and Ohio Energy Project student leader.

She plans to study linguistics.

Kincer, daughter of Steven and Tamra Kincer, graduated with a 4.53 GPA. Kincer was Drama Club president, a member of theatre, symphonic choir, Soundsation, Leadership Westerville, the cross country team and jazz orchestra, a middle school mentor and a Bible school leader.

She plans to study culture and politics.

Raphael, the daughter of John and Christine Raphael, graduated with a 4.52 GPA. She was an International Baccalaureate diploma candidate, National Merit semi-finalist, a member of the National Honor Society, In the Know and track and field team, a tutor and a volunteer.

She plans to study biology.

Boes, the daughter of Lawrence and Nancy Boes, graduated with a 4.51 GPA. She was an International Baccalaureate diploma candidate, National Honor Society member, scholar athlete, Academic Excellence Award recipient and a member of the marching band, softball team, Girl Scouts, mentor and tutor.

She plans to study engineering.

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