The Westerville Kiwanis Club honored the top 10 senior scholars from Westerville North High School at its 53rd annual Academic Varsity Awards Banquet April 15.

The Westerville Kiwanis Club honored the top 10 senior scholars from Westerville North High School at its 53rd annual Academic Varsity Awards Banquet April 15.

The guest speaker at the dinner was Diana Keplinger, who is the Kiwanis governor of the Ohio District.

Each student who was honored received a copy of the classic Dr. Seuss book, Oh the Places You'll Go, from the superintendent, treasurer and Westerville City School District Board of Education.

Jacqueline Kloos, one of the students honored, described herself as being a perfectionist, competitive and enjoying learning.

She is on the mock trial team, editor-in-chief of the student newspaper, ran cross country, played volleyball and plays classical guitar.

"I don't like to have free time," Kloos said. "It's taken a lot of support from my parents and teachers to help get me where I am today."

Kloos scored a 34 on her ACT and became a National Merit Scholarship Finalist from taking the PSAT and SAT.

She is hoping to follow her passion and pursue a career in medicine at either Duke University, the University of Chicago or Northwestern University.

While other students were lounging by the beach, Kloos spent her summer volunteering at an Ohio State University cancer lab and was later published in a medical journal.

Kloos said she hopes younger students will "dream big" and "not be afraid to go to college somewhere that isn't nearby."

North seniors honored at the Kiwanis Academic Varsity Award Banquet include:

Jacqueline Kloos, My Trinh, Jennifer Finkelstein, Alexa Salisbury, Katie Leskowitz, Harrison Nickels, Jacob Waldruff, Haley Sandvik, Rees Chael and Tony Du.

The evening also included special recognition of 10 students from Westerville Central and 10 students from Westerville South High School. Stories on those honorees will run in the News & Public Opinion next week.

Graduation for North students will take place at 2 p.m. May 23 at the Ohio Expo Center's Celeste Center.