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Central top seniors honored as Academic Varsity

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Westerville Central Academic Varsity members include (from left) row 1-Meghan Wilson, Allison Fehlhaber, Alaina Parrish, Danielle Rymers, and Ansley Thomas; Row 2-Principal Todd Spinner, Kevin Tran, Taylor Dickens, Joel Pepper, Kelly Piper, Kevin Adik, and Westerville Kiwanis Club President Norman Rearick.

The Westerville Kiwanis honored the Academic Varsity, or the school's top 10 students, at a dinner at Genoa Middle School April 23.

Westerville Central Principal Todd Spinner said the top students have a combined GPA of 4.6 and many loaded their schedules with AP and Honors courses during their four years.

"The top 10 students from the Westerville Central High School class of 2014 are phenomenal," Spinner said in an email. "In addition to the difficult courses, they are also leaders of many groups and activities in the building as well."

Meghan Wilson, daughter of Andrew and Heidi Wilson, is Central's top student. She will graduate with a GPA of 4.7.

Wilson attributes her successful academic career to her peers and her teachers.

"I think the biggest key to accomplishing as much as I have is because I have had a lot of really great teachers who have supported me and pushed me to do my best," Wilson said. "Central is also a very collaborative, non-competitive school."

Wilson will attend Stanford University in the fall of 2015 and pursue a degree in international relations.

Before she attends Stanford, Wilson will spend nine months in Oman studying Arabic with a National Security Language Initiative for Youth scholarship.

This is the second scholarship she has received from the organization. Her last scholarship allowed her to study Arabic in Morocco over the summer.

Wilson was part of the National Honor Society and Vegetarian Club at Central. Outside of the school, Wilson was a company member at North Pointe Dance and an Interscholastic Equestrian Association team member. She hopes to either dance or ride in college.

Spinner said that this class of graduates is one of the school's most outstanding classes he has seen.

"I've had the opportunity and privilege to serve as the principal at Central for seven years, and I can honestly say that this year's top 10 list is made up of some of the best students I have ever been around both in and out of the building," Spinner wrote.

Graduation is set for 2 p.m. May 24 in the Celeste Center at Ohio Expo Center, 717 E. 17th Ave.