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North’s top 10 lauded for accomplishments

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Members of Westerville North High School’s 2013-14 Academic Varsity include (from left) row 1-Emily Saleme, Ava Eisele, Allison Fugger, Maisha Hossain and Amanda Moore; row 2-Kelsey Walker, Avery Pierson, Evan Larrick, Alexander Rhodes and Cody Justice. Westerville North High School Principal Kurt Yancey (left) and Westerville Kiwanis Club President Norman Rearick flank the back row of honorees.

Westerville North High School will send off its top 10 students to universities across the country after its commencement ceremony in a few weeks.

Graduates Kelsey Walker, Ava Eisele, Allison Fugger, Maisha Hossain, Cody Justice, Evan Larrick, Amanda Moore, Avery Pierson, Alexander Rhodes and Emily Saleme are North’s Academic Varsity students for the class of 2014.

Academic Varsity consists of the schools’ top academically performing seniors. All achieved beyond a 4.0 cumulative GPA.

The Westerville Kiwanis Club honored the students at the Academic Varsity dinner at Genoa Middle School April 23.

“We are so very proud of the amazing accomplishments of the top 10 of the Westerville North graduating class of 2014,” Principal Kurt Yancey said in an email. “Not only are they incredible in the classroom, they are phenomenal people with incredible character.”

Senior Kelsey Walker, daughter of Gayle and David Walker, is North’s top student with a 4.68 GPA. Walker also played soccer and basketball, participated in church choir and practiced piano.

She said her teachers’ support and keeping busy with sports helped her manage her time and hit the books.

“Before games, we would do homework. It was the peer pressure to get work done before games,” Walker said.

After graduation, Walker will pursue degrees in chemistry and Spanish at Willamette University in Salem, Ore. She also will play soccer and basketball for the university.

Though she plans to study Spanish, too, she said her chemistry teacher inspired her to pursue further studies in the subject.

“My favorite teacher ever was my chemistry teacher (Jeff Bracken),” she said. “How passionate he was about chemistry made me enjoy learning about it and makes me want to learn about it.”

Westerville North High School’s graduation ceremony is scheduled for 10 a.m. May 24 in the Celeste Center at the Ohio Expo Center, 717 E. 17th Ave. in Columbus.