The final days of spring herald the final days of high school for many in Grove City.

The final days of spring herald the final days of high school for many in Grove City.

The graduation ceremony for Grove City Christian High School was held May 29 in the Grove City Church of the Nazarene, 4770 Hoover Road.

Ceremonies for Central Crossing and Grove City high schools were held at each of the schools on May 31.

Many will go on to better things, but there are a few who stand out above the rest.

From Central Crossing, Kyle Wagner was valedictorian while Rose Aldea will be salutatorian.

Elizabeth Baack, Jenice Brown and Courtney Johnson were all ranked number one in grade point averages at Grove City High School. Adam Morris ranked number two.

Nikita Kevlich was Grove City Christian High School's valedictorian, while Madison Brackman was salutatorian.

The students said they are looking forward to the future, but they said they'll still miss some things about high school.

"I'm going to miss papers that are less than 10 pages long," Aldea said.

She plans to go to Columbia University in New York City where she intends to study international relations and work for the United Nations.

She was the student body historian and president of the Columbus Youth Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

Wagner, Central Crossing's valedictorian, said he plans to study biomedical engineering at Wright State University. He added that he'll miss the extracurricular activities. He played basketball for the school for three years and currently works for Abercrombie and Fitch.

"Enjoy high school while it lasts," Wagner urged. "No regrets."

Baack, from GCHS, was field commander of the marching band for two years and worked with Little Theatre Off Broadway for 10 years. She said she plans to study molecular genetics at The Ohio State University.

She ultimately would like to do medical research for cancer. Her mom had breast cancer when Baack was 2, she said.

Morris, of GCHS, was vice president of the Spanish club and said he plans to be a child psychiatrist. He's going to OSU to study chemistry, and eventually, pre-medicine.

Kevlich, valedictorian of the Class of 2008 at Grove City Christian High School, said he plans to study chemical engineering at OSU to eventually earn a doctorate degree and do research.

Kevlich was born in Russia and came to the U.S. when he was 7 years old. He said he would like to establish a scholarship fund for his school.

"I don't know my specific purpose in life," he said, "but I've been placed here for a reason."

For the Christian high school's salutatorian, life is about helping others, Brackman said.

"I don't really like school a whole lot," she said. "I excel at it, but I don't really like it."

Brackman said she plans to go to Wright State to study nursing. She's been volunteering at Nationwide Children's Hospital for one year.

"I don't like to be selfish," she said.