The Westerville City School District's graduating seniors will leave high school behind this weekend as they accept diplomas and celebrate their 2016 graduation.

The Westerville City School District's graduating seniors will leave high school behind this weekend as they accept diplomas and celebrate their 2016 graduation.

The three high schools have separate ceremonies on the same day, Saturday, May 28, at the same venue, beginning at 10 a.m. for Westerville Central; 2 p.m. for Westerville South and 6 p.m. for Westerville North at the Ohio Expo Center's Celeste Center, 717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus.

No tickets are required for audience members, although parking at the venue will be $5.

Westerville Central

Westerville Central Principal Todd Spinner said 337 seniors are set to graduate, with boys wearing black robes and girls wearing silver grey.

"The senior class of 2016 is the 'Dream Team 16' -- that is their slogan for the year," he said.

Seniors Molly Foster, Victor Massaquoi and Ellyn Briggs will speak during the ceremony and the Westerville Central Orchestra will perform under the direction of John Vermeulen.

Rachel Pinney will sing the alma mater and the high school's Jazz Central will perform the national anthem and Over the Rainbow, under the direction of Laura Fahning.

Spinner said 76 students will graduate with honors and 70 students will wear the Medallion of Excellence, with a career cumulative 3.7 GPA or above. The seniors were offered about $1,831,243 in scholarship money.

The top 10 senior scholars recognized as 2016 Academic Varsity students by the Westerville Kiwanis Club at its 54th annual Academic Varsity Awards Banquet include: Ellyn Briggs, Joshua Brown, Noah Corbett, Nicole Dinan, Jacqueline Kay, Bailey Line, Ryan Menapace, Carly Middleton, Ian Osborne and Joshua Shaw.

"I will miss the class as a whole, but specifically, I will miss the many different personalities within the class," he said. "They were a class full of personality and individual accomplishments in addition to the things they completed and accomplished together.

"This class will be remembered for having character and having many students within it that were very good at advocating for themselves," he said.

Westerville North

Westerville North Principal Kurt Yancey said, "The Warrior graduating class is a phenomenal group of young people."

"They are dedicated to living by the Warrior Way in all they do and their focus on academics has been tremendous," he said. "They accepted $4.2 million dollars in scholarship money, turned down another $4.3 million and earned more than $57,000 in local community scholarships."

He said 312 seniors would graduate, with the boys wearing cardinal red and the girls wearing gold. Of those seniors, 72 will graduate with honors diplomas and 70 students earned the Medallion Award.

"This year is the first year we will have Global Scholar Graduates, which is a distinction on their diploma for their work in partnership with the Columbus Council on World Affairs," Yancey said.

The top 10 senior scholars recognized as 2016 Academic Varsity students include: Megan Bellner, Collin Fugger, Payton Hurl, Yensong Ted Li, Bryan Peck, Alana Reese, Vidit Singhal, Katherine Slenker, Joe Thompson and Gabrielle Wilson.

"I wish each and every one of our graduates the best in all they do from here and I will miss all the smiles, kind hearts and amazing talents of this incredible group of students," Yancey said.

Westerville South

Westerville South Assistant Principal Crystal Harris said 368 seniors would accept their diplomas with boys wearing red robes and girls wearing white.

Seniors Jacob Austrino and Mary Grace Sylvester will speak during the ceremony; Austrino on the topic, "From the Outside Looking In" and Sylvester's topic is "To Question Our Belief in the Infinite."

The senior ensemble Soundsation will sing I'll Be Seeing You.

The seniors were awarded a total of $2,628,751 in scholarship money.

The top 10 senior scholars recognized as 2016 Academic Varsity students include: Benjamin Coffey, Meredith Evans, Dominick Femia, Griffin Harris, Tyler Harris, Abigail Kotik, Shelby Pappas, Mary Grace Sylvester, Jeremiah Vannest and Ian Yang.

"I've been with this class throughout all four years of their high school careers," she said. "Every class is different and each class leaves a different legacy.

"The class of 2016 will have bright futures ahead and succeed wherever they go," she said. "This class has a multitude of diverse interests, is positive and willing to help out each other as well as serve their community whenever possible."