Graduation for Reynoldsburg High School's four academies is scheduled at 7 p.m. May 22 at the Jerome Schottenstein Center, 555 Borror Drive, in Columbus.

Parking costs $5 at the center.

Those who can't make the ceremony may see it streamed live again this year, said Valerie Wunder, director of communications.

She said to look for the link under Graduation 2018 at reyn.org.

Superintendent Melvin Brown said he is impressed with this year's senior class.

"They are fantastic students, and special to me because they are my first with the school district," he said. "They also will leave a bit of a legacy in terms of leadership, especially since they have endured less-than-comfortable times in the past five to six years.

"I know these students are so much better prepared for life than I was, which is a testament to how this district prepares its students," he said. "These kids have not only excelled in the classroom, but in the community. They are truly trying to be a beacon of light for our society.

"They are a great group and we are going to miss them," he said.

BELL Academy

Academy Principal Kim Cox said 100 seniors will graduate from BELL Academy.

"They are the class that took risks in terms of learning opportunities that took many of them outside of their comfort zones," she said. "I am most impressed with this group of seniors, because they willingly went to mentor students in the elementary and middle schools for various program initiatives."

BELL Early College Academy offers a comprehensive, college preparatory curriculum, focused on business, education, leadership and law. High school students may earn up to 60 college credits or an associate degree by the time they graduate.

The academy offers two pathways after freshman year: business or law.

Encore Academy

Principal Garry Young said 150 seniors will graduate from Encore, which specializes in arts, communication and design.

"This is my second year at Encore, so I have been able to get to know this class well," he said. "The class of 2018 is a very talented class of students, with a bright future ahead of them.

"I think the thing that I will remember most is their school spirit and talent," he said. "They have represented us well."

Young said the students all come from different backgrounds, but "they all share the desire to succeed and make a difference."

"I have been proud to see the performances and work they have done, as well as the countless events they have held to raise money for important causes in our community," he said.

Encore offers opportunities for artistic exploration, as well as pre-professional training in the arts through Columbus College of Art & Design and other partners. Students may choose from three pathways: visual arts and design, performance and production and communication and media.

eSTEM Academy

Principal Scott Bennett said 174 seniors will graduate from eSTEM.

"We haven't finished our final totals, but it looks like they will be offered a little over $7 million worth of scholarships," he said. "We have some outstanding athletes, actors, musicians and all-around students in this class.

"Multiple seniors will be going on to serve our country in various branches of the military and will be fantastic representatives of this community," he said.

Bennett said this group of seniors persevered through rigorous high school and college courses and numerous high-stakes tests, "all while keeping a great attitude and positively contributing to the school culture."

"I am exceptionally proud of these young adults and look forward to seeing them make their mark on the world," he said.

eSTEM Academy uses scientific methods, technology, engineering and math to solve problems in all content areas, including environmental science. Students may choose from three pathways: energy, digital and design.

(HS)2 Academy

Principal Dawn McCloud said 99 seniors will graduate from the Health Sciences and Human Services Academy.

"Since this is my fourth year as principal of (HS)2, this is the first class I have been with for all four years," she said. "We have all learned a lot together. These young adults will always hold a special place in my heart."

She said the class has many caring students.

"They are the future of our world," she said. "They are funny and kind; they are truly great people."

(HS)2 is a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) school that draws on the strengths of scientific methods and technology to focus on health science and human services. Students work alongside professionals to prepare for careers in the health care field.

Students may choose two pathways: allied health and pre-med.

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