New Albany High School's 278 seniors are smart and compassionate, school officials say.

New Albany High School's 278 seniors are smart and compassionate, school officials say.

"This class in some ways was a little bit of a sleeper," said Jeff Stahlman, the high school's college counselor. "The previous class was exceptional and this class flew under the radar a little bit, but they are phenomenal."

Principal Ric Stranges said he would never forget the 2013 class of seniors.

"Truly, as a principal, I will never forget them because of the contributions they have made in so many ways, on a personal level, on a school level and on a community level," Stranges said. "They have touched lives more than any other class I can remember."

Stahlman said the class has 33 valedictorians. To be listed as a valedictorian, students must achieve a 4.0 grade-point average or above. Students can receive higher than a 4.0 by taking Advanced Placement or honors courses, which count for more grade points.

"Most schools weight honors and AP classes," Stahlman said.

The valedictorians are: Ryan Amundsen, Elissa Burack, Grace Cho, Mieley Conrad, Grant Dehler, Cristina DiLorenzo, Morgan Ebbing, Joseph Flaherty, Alexander Frye, Kelly Furterer, Joydeep Ganguly, Jarred Glickstein, Elizabeth Hamilton, Tyler Heaton, Jacqueline Huddle, Renata Iliev, Nicholas Karzmer, Joanne Kim, Valentina Lorek, Emily Makowski, Alexander Malik, Karly Medich, Abigail Norton, Arman Odabas, Davan Pohar, Andrea Quach, Emily Rowland, Juli Sasaki, Arushi Sharma, Justin Uhlenbrock, Nicholas Willer, Travis Wolf and Max Yudovich.

Three of those students -- Conrad, Furterer and Glickstein -- will speak at graduation.

Stranges said students interested in giving the valedictorian address applied by submitting a speech to a committee.

Stranges and the committee members reviewed the speeches and chose Glickstein to give the address.

Furterer will thank the teachers and Conrad will thank the parents.

Stahlman said many of the students in the class will attend big-name universities, even though the admissions process is becoming more difficult.

"It's a very competitive landscape now," Stahlman said. "Harvard has a 5 percent admissions rate, which is really competitive.

"It goes way beyond test scores now. There's a little bit of luck required."

Stahlman said he feels "really good about how this class did," saying 98 percent of the students received an offer from one of their top three colleges. Eighty percent are attending their top choices.

Sixty-eight percent of the students attending college are going to public schools and 32 percent are going to private schools. Stahlman said only 30 percent of those attending college are going out of state.

"They chose a good list of colleges to apply to," Stahlman said.

Eight percent of the class will attend two-year schools, 2 percent are going into the military and 2 percent were undecided at graduation.

"I'm really proud of this class," Stahlman said. "They're great kids, good citizens and good people who just happen to be good students and good athletes."

New Albany High School's graduation will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 1, at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, 400 N. High St. in downtown Columbus.

The school district has budgeted up to $10,000 for rental of the facility, the cost of which is being split with the Ohio Connections Academy, said Annie Looker, Stranges' assistant.