A senior class of 108 students known for their versatility will graduate from Northridge High School on May 21.
Commencement will be at 2 p.m. at the school, 6066 Johnstown-Utica Road.
“The class of 2017 is spirited, musically inclined, intelligent, athletic, artistic, theatrical and service-oriented,” said Amy Anderson, Northridge principal.
Senior class president Hayley Adkins said she thinks her class will be remembered for academic and athletic accomplishments.
“Our class has a fun-loving spirit that’s evident to teachers and classmates as well,” she said. “I think our class is special. We’re dedicated to finishing work quickly.”
After the work is done, she said, the class enjoys socializing and playing games.
“Now the school is in a euchre game that our class started,” Adkins said. “It’s mainly amongst the seniors. We’ve been playing after we complete our schoolwork. Throughout the lunchroom, we see the younger students playing the game, too. It’s fun to see how it spread throughout the school.”
Adkins said her class also has had one of the school’s best sports teams, especially this year’s boy’s basketball team.
“A few of the seniors really stood out this year,” she said.
Adkins will serve as one of the school’s three class valedictorians, along with Rachael Harmon and Max Berry. The class salutatorian is Brian Pokorny.
Anderson said all four students would speak during graduation ceremonies.
Adkins has served as class president all four years of high school. She competed in gymnastics her junior year, but she was sidelined with an injury this year.
She’s a member of the National Honor Society and has served as the Spanish Club’s project director for the past two years.
She also has been a member of the Youth Leadership Council of Licking County, an organization that includes students from area high schools who commit a year of service to Licking and surrounding counties in an effort to bring awareness and end issues related to substance abuse, gambling addiction, bullying, suicide and other issues.
In August, Adkins will attend the Ohio State University to major in environmental science as a pre-med student.
The 2017 class flower is a rose; colors are green and white; the class song is “Ain't No Mountain High Enough,” and the class motto is “It’ll Buff.”