Westerville North High School's class of 2017 is a focused group, according to Principal Kurt Yancey.

He said about 350 students are scheduled to graduate during a ceremony that will start at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 27, at the Ohio Expo/Celeste Center, 717 E. 17th St.

Parking cost for graduates, families and friends is $5 per car and tickets are not required to attend.

Doors will open to the public one hour prior to the ceremony.

"Every senior class is unique in their own way," Yancey said. "This group is extremely focused. I'm impressed with their academic excellence from throughout the years."

He said many students from the class of 2017 will graduate with college credit.

"They have college credentials," Yancey said. "They're an impressive group."

Members of the class who were recognized by the Westerville Kiwanis Club at its 55th annual Academic Varsity Awards Banquet include: Abigail Bouton, Jamie DeWerth, Megan Harris, Mia Hoffman, Johnathan Hord, Erik Hynes, Steffanie Rodgers, Maegan Savarise, Hailee Sens and Anthony Wong.

Class salutatorian Megan Harris said every student in her class seems to have a unique passion involving something they love to do or learn about.

"It's incredibly inspiring to watch a peer dedicate so much time and hard work into one of their interests," Harris said.

"Furthermore, our classmates are very supportive of each other's said passions. "Whether a student just won a writing award or a golf tournament, both staff and students go out of their way to congratulate him/her and express their pride," she said.

With so much support, she said, everyone feels more than comfortable to embrace and share what he or she loves.

"One of my favorite memories of high school was getting to play on the same lacrosse team as my sister (a freshman) this year," Harris said.

"I also loved working on the newspaper staff and hanging out after school with the other editors to finish layouts, jam out to music, and eat snacks (of course)," she said.

After high school, Harris plans to attend Miami University and major in biology.

Once she finishes her undergraduate degree, Harris hopes to attend physician assistant school and eventually become a physician's assistant.

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