Graduation ceremonies for Upper Arlington High School's class of 2017 are set for 1 p.m. this Sunday, May 28, at Ohio State University's Jerome Schottenstein Center, 5555 Borror Drive, Columbus.
The event will feature final addresses to their class by several graduating seniors, speeches from UAHS Principal Andrew Theado and Superintendent Paul Imhoff and musical performances by the UAHS Symphonic Band and the Senior Symphonic Choir.
The class of 2017 had 53 students who achieved more than 100 service hours the past year. Additionally, students in the class accepted approximately $9.06 million in scholarships.
"I'm confident that these students will go on to great things and make a positive difference in our community and in the world," Theado said.
"It has been a joy to work with the class of 2017," he said. "These students are focused and driven, but they are also caring and kind-hearted. They have shared with us their amazing talents in everything from academics to the visual and performing arts and athletics. This class really embodies our vision of 'Serve, Lead and Succeed.' "
The district doesn't name top academic performers for its graduating classes.
However, it did recognize four class of 2017 members for their commitments to community service.
Lauren Karap, Tess Lusson, Avery Scholl and Lauryn Willmarth each received Gold Awards through the President's Volunteer Service Award program.
The award is an initiative of the federal government's Corporation for National and Community Service, administered by Points of Light, that calls on citizens to live a life of service.
The four UAHS seniors were recognized for completing more than 250 hours of community service in a single year.
Karap is the daughter of Christine Conkle and Alex Karap. She plans to attend Ohio University, where she intends to pursue a major in early childhood education and a minor in coaching.
She volunteered at a summer program for preschool and elementary students, and helped teach English to non-native speakers at SON Ministries.
She also volunteered for St. Agatha's Catholic Church, the Girl Scouts and at a UA track and field camp and helped the UA gymnastics team set up and build a new floor for competitions.
Lusson is the daughter of Paula and Gary Lusson. She will attend the University of Michigan and study public health.
Her volunteer work included an internship at the Upper Arlington Education Foundation and work at Columbus nonprofit Local Matters.
She also did volunteer work at the Columbus and Capital City marathons, the Columbus Arts Festival, the Upper Arlington Labor Day Arts Festival, Community Festival, Independence Day Festival and others.
Scholl, the daughter of Becky and Jeff School, will study biomedical engineering at Ohio State University.
She washed dishes at a Young Life Camp summer camp and has been a junior director for the Upper Arlington Civic Association for the past year. She also volunteered weekly at Riverside Methodist Hospital.
Willmarth is the daughter of Donna Willmarth and Diane Martin. She will attend OSU and major in environmental science.
She earned service hours by training two service dogs through 4 Paws for Ability. As a "puppy raiser," she taught the dogs basic obedience, house manners and socialization. She also participated in environmental service work.
"Since we have such a focus on service learning in our district, we thought it was appropriate to feature the members of the senior class who have really gone above and beyond in this area," said Karen Truett, communications director for the district.