The Wellington School will send off 54 students at its 2018 graduation at 4 p.m. June 1 in the school's Gard Gymnasium, 3650 Reed Road.

The ceremony will feature a keynote address by graduating senior Bradley Biehl of Upper Arlington. Biehl is the son of Jeffrey and Dixie Biehl and will go on to study entrepreneurship at Arizona State University.

School officials said commencement also will be highlighted by musical performances by Wellington Music Award winners David Jacques and Eric Jacques, brothers from Gahanna who are sons of Robert and Laurie Jacques.

David Jacques will attend Ohio Wesleyan, where he has signed as a swimmer, and is working to determine his major. Eric Jacques will attend the College of Wooster and also is undecided on a major, but hopes to one day work in international diplomacy or the White House.

Communications director Yvonne Johnson said diplomas will be presented by Wellington board Chairman Ted Manley, along with Head of School Robert Brisk and Assistant Head of School and Head of Upper School Jeff Terwin.

Wellington doesn't rank its students, but Johnson mentioned several who she said represent "the vast diversity of achievements of all Wellington students"

* Grace Tian, Hilliard, daughter of Fei-Ran Tian and Shanghong Dong, will attend Harvard University and study mathematics.

* Moutie Rajjoub, New Albany, son of Hassan and Yasmin Rajjoub, will attend Yale University as a pre-med major.

* Zoe Beatty, Columbus, daughter of James and Annette Beatty, will attend the California Institute of Technology, where she has signed to play soccer, and major in neurobiology.

* Solomon Pierre-Louis, Gahanna, son of Lloyd and Jerzell Pierre-Louis, will attend the U.S. Air Force Academy, where he has signed to play basketball, with hopes of one day piloting or designing aircraft (major unknown).

* Audrey Unverferth, Upper Arlington, daughter of Kurt and Shelly Unverferth, will attend the University of Chicago to major in creative writing and global studies.

All told, the class of 2018 was offered $5.5 million in scholarships, according to Terwin.

"The Wellington class of 2018 have been leaders throughout their time here," Terwin said. "As seniors, they supported the Upper School in all facets.

"They are a group of students who share an aspirational attitude as learners and leaders. They have shown a commitment to our community and taking care of one another."

Terwin said the members of this year's senior class have served as "great role models to their peers in the Upper School, while also taking their role as 'Lower School buddies' very seriously."

"They showed up to athletic events, such as helping to coordinate fan presence at our boys basketball teams Final Four runs, and have heightened Jaguar spirit and connections throughout the school. They will be missed in so many ways.

"They are a truly global group," he said. "They have traveled to Barcelona and Paris as a part of our ongoing exchange programs. They have been to Western Siberia and Moscow, working in our international business cooperative, and many of them became scuba-certified in Grand Cayman as they took part in our marine biology program."

Terwin lauded the class of 2018 for pushing the school and community to grow in understanding of social activism through active debate.

"Whether it be through their art, their role in student government or club leadership, they have kept relevant issues in focus and allowed our community to research, debate and grow," he said. "This group is clearly ready to take on leadership beyond these walls."

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