The Pickerington Local School District and community will salute nearly 900 graduating seniors during commencements for both high schools May 26.

Ceremonial gowns will be donned and caps affixed with tassels when members of the classes of 2018 from Pickerington High School Central and Pickerington High School North receive their diplomas.

Approximately 436 Central seniors and about 448 from North are expected to be graduated .

Commencements for both will be held at World Harvest Church, 4595 Gender Road, Columbus.

The ceremony for North students is scheduled for 9 a.m. Central's will follow at noon.

In keeping with tradition, North's ceremony will feature opening remarks by principal Mark Ulbrich, followed by music from the PHS North Graduation Band and performances by the school's orchestra and choir.

Two as-yet unannounced seniors, selected through auditions, will present addresses before North's Decem Decori -- the top 10 students -- are recognized.

This year, North's Decem Decori are:

William Hrivnak, Henry Huland, Michael Jewell, Katherine Keller, Greyson Maddox, Samuel Marrison, Charmylee Maula, Sean Starrett, Julia Vermilion and Jaret Wilcox.

North faculty members then will present graduates with their diplomas.

"This a very well-rounded class," Ulbrich said. "Students have excelled in academics, the arts, athletics and service.

"This class will be missed" he said, "but they are ready to make their mark on the world

"This is a class that genuinely cares about each other. They have provided support in difficult times and celebrated in times of success. The entire community of Pickerington should be proud of the accomplishments of all graduates"

Central's commencement will follow a similar itinerary, with Principal Stacy Tennenbaum's opening remarks and performances by the school's orchestra, marching band and choir.

Central seniors ChaKira Flenory and Solomon Aborbie will provide senior addresses, followed by the recognition of the school's Decem Decori by Tennenbaum.

Central's 2018 Decem Decori are:

Dylan Azadi, Cameron Cubra, Shae Douglas, Olivia Droese, Amber Hamelin, Fiona Lin, Matthew Scrape, Guneet Singh, Megan St. Hilaire and Jillian Stang.

The distribution of diplomas from selected faculty will follow.

"The class of 2018 has had so many successes during their time at PHSC," Tennenbaum said.

"This class of graduates has brought fantastic plays and musicals to the stage. They have taken a Tiger Tech team to Worlds. They have received recognition in band and choir, they have won two state (athletics) championships and they have earned over $9 million dollars in scholarships," he said.

"I could not be prouder of them for their accomplishments both in and out of the classroom, and I cannot wait to see the amazing things they do in the future."

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