This weekend, the Pickerington Local School District community will honor nearly 800 high school seniors who have earned diplomas.
At their respective graduation sendoffs Saturday, May 20, Pickerington High School Central will recognize 413 members of its class of 2017, and Pickerington High School North will celebrate another 373.
The commencements will be held in World Harvest Church, 4594 Gender Road, Canal Winchester.
The program for Central begins at 9 a.m., and North's program is to begin at 1 p.m.
Central's ceremony will include an introduction from school Principal Stacy Tennenbaum, followed by music performances by Central's orchestra, marching band and choir.
Tennenbaum and Pickerington Superintendent Bob Blackburn will recognize Central's 2017 Decem Decori, or top 10 students. They are: Kallie Boren, Elizabeth Fee, Emerson Goldenbagen, Elise Gramlich, Kaitlyn Miller, Brittany Mosley, Jack Palenick, Zakaria Sharif, Holly Stanley and Brianne Taylor.
Sharif and Mosley each will provide senior addresses before Central faculty award diplomas.
"This class has so many talents and skills to offer the world," Tennenbaum said. "We have leaders, actors, athletes, entrepreneurs and, simply put, good people.
"I look forward to our graduation ceremony because it is my opportunity to celebrate their accomplishments and to say goodbye to our graduates. It is a time for all families and friends to join together for this special event. My wish is that the graduating seniors take the world by storm and reach for their dreams."
North's commencement will follow a similar program, with school Principal Mark Ulbrich opening the ceremony, followed by music from the North Graduation Band, orchestra and choir.
North's class of 2017 Decem Decori then will be recognized. This year, those students are: Alexander Chan, Luke Ciccone, Lauren Conley, Spencer Kluth, Shivani Kothari, Sara Kuberski, Anna McSurley, Carmen Moesle, Marisa Planck and Jocelyn Treneff.
Julian Johnson and Hunter Minor will give senior addresses before North staff members hand out diplomas to the new graduates.
Ulbrich said North's class of 2017 has earned more than $10 million in scholarship money. He said 69 graduating seniors have a 4.0 grade-point average, while another 127 have GPAs of 3.75 or higher.
"This is a very well-rounded class," Ulbrich said. "They have excelled in many areas.
"I will remember this class for the amount of service they completed. They are very generous and caring young adults. They are always willing to help other and the community as a whole."