The Wellington School will celebrate and say goodbye to its class of 2017 with a commencement ceremony on Friday, June 9.

There will be 56 students receiving their diplomas during a graduation ceremony at 4 p.m. in the school's Gard Gymnasium.

"The Wellington School class of 2017 exemplifies our dedication to creating a challenging curriculum that is individualized and relevant -- students fully engaged with opportunities to dive deep in areas of passion and interest," said Dr. Jeff Terwin, assistant head of school and head of the Wellington Upper School. "While working together as a tight-knit and dynamic class, each graduating senior also found and refined their unique voice while growing in leadership and ownership of their learning.

"Their work has been exemplary in a wide range of academic and extracurricular areas, from biomedical research and geopolitical leadership to distinction in both performing and visual art. This class has also raised the bar for our athletic teams, setting new heights at the state level of competition."

Caroline Haskett, assistant director of marketing and social media engineer at Wellington, said the vast majority of the graduating class will now head to "top-tier" colleges and universities as ranked by Barron's Profile of American Colleges.

"The class of 2017, with an impressive 89 percent acceptance rate at top-tier schools, is comprised of remarkable young men and women as intelligent and talented as they are compassionate and sincere in their desire to become a force of positivity in the world," Haskett said.

The class speaker at the graduation ceremony will be Samuel Kim.

Fellow class member Peter Schoellkopff will provide music performances, and diplomas will be presented by Terwin, along with Head of School Robert Brisk and board of trustees Chairman Ted Manley.

While Wellington doesn't rank its top students, the school highlighted several students as being representative of high achievement in a variety of areas.

Bret Hairston of Upper Arlington is the daughter of Michelle Hairston. She plans to attend Williams College and study English or sociology.

Jasmine Haraburda of Hilliard is the daughter of Pauline Wijaya-Haraburda and Ed Haraburda. She will attend Case Western Reserve University, where she'll study biomedical engineering.

Neelu Paleti, daughter of Krishna and Chandramohan Paleti, is from Dublin and plans to go on to study health and societies at the University of Pennslyvania.

Schoellkopff, from Powell, is the son of Karen Koster and Ernest Schoellkopff. He will attend the Eastman School of Music at University of Rochester, where he plans to study neuroscience and music performance.

Ian Woods, son of Heather and Kenneth Woods, is from Columbus, and will attend Georgetown University. The school did not provide his planned area of study.

"Wellington inspires each person to discover his or her unique potential and that has never been more evident than in the outstanding and diverse work of the class of 2017," Terwin said.

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