Gahanna Lincoln High School's 556-member class of 2017 will be remembered for its dedication as well as academic and athletic success, according to school leaders.
Graduation will be held from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 27, at the Jerome Schottenstein Center, 555 Borror Drive, on the campus of Ohio State University. Doors open at 8:30 a.m.
District officials are urging families to plan ahead as several events are scheduled at Ohio State that day and traffic will be heavy.
Tickets are not required for admittance; seating is first-come, first-serve. A $5 parking fee will apply.
The Rev. Anthony Redic of Family Fellowship Church will deliver the graduation address.
"This group of graduating seniors has set themselves apart from other classes," said Bobby Dodd, school principal. "What we will remember most about the class of 2017 is their dedication to our school and community.
"Whether it was on the stage, athletic fields, competitions, classrooms or performing community service hours in the city of Gahanna, these students have excelled," he said.
Dodd also said the class stands out for its contributions to GahannaThon, a benefit for the oncology and hematology unit at Nationwide Children's Hospital; outstanding girls track teams; superior-rated performances for choir, band and orchestra; award-winning performances in theater; contributions to the speech-and-debate team; and helping the underwater robotics team qualify for national competition.
Lindsey Stahl, student council president, said what makes her class unique from others is students' supportiveness of one another.
"We have been so successful in athletics, academics and extracurricular because of the encouragement of our classmates," she said. "What sticks out about our class from the last four years is how much change we've had to adapt to. We've had two principals, three superintendents and many changes at the school level."
Stahl said the class also is very motivated.
The seniors raised $32,130 for GahannaThon, surpassing last year's total by $6,000.
"The athletics have gone further than previous years by going to or winning state titles, like swimming, diving, indoor track and cross country," she said.
The girls soccer and volleyball teams also had successful years with regional titles.
"Lastly, DECA, speech and debate, and teaching professions have all had great years by sending people to nationals," Stahl said.
"My favorite memory has been being a part of the DECA program and winning first at the state level and being a national qualifier to go to Anaheim, California," she said.