Big Walnut High School seniors Victoria Buxton and Elizabeth Prate will speak during the high school's commencement Saturday, May 19.

The event will run from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the high school, 555 S. Old 3C Road, Sunbury.

Teacher Christina McDonough said seniors were given an English assignment of writing a graduation speech.

The English department chose finalists from among the essay writers. The finalists then gave their speeches to a panel of teachers, counselors and administrators, who chose Buxton and Prate.

Though the exact number of graduates has not yet been determined, high school Assistant Principal Kelley Bloomer said the 2018 graduating class will be one of the biggest ever as the district continues to grow.

"The class of 2018 has been a stellar group to work with in many ways," Bloomer said. "They have produced entertaining plays and musicals including 'High School Musical,' 'Annie,' 'A Christmas Carol' and 'Aida.' Our band and choir members continue to excel. Our art students not only produce beautiful works of art, but also give back to the community by completing larger projects at many of our elementary schools."

The graduating class includes 30 student athletes who have maintained a 4.0 or higher grade-point average, she said.

"BWHS athletes have spent many hours working with our younger community members at camps, clinics and classroom reading programs," she said.

"So far, this senior class has been awarded nearly $3.5 million in college, university and local scholarships. Thirty-one students have been named summa cum laude. These are students who have achieved a cumulative high school GPA of 4.1 or higher," Bloomer added.

"On May 1, we held our first Academic Signing Day, where seniors who received a scholarship from a college or university were asked to sign their scholarship. May 7, we held our senior academic and athletic awards, where students who received local athletic recognition and/or academic scholarships were recognized," she said.

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