The top 10 graduating seniors from Westerville’s three high schools have been recognized for their achievement by the Kiwanis Club of Westerville during the 57th annual Academy Varsity Banquet.
Hosted at Westerville North High School, 950 County Line Road, on April 17, the top students were treated to dinner and recognized for their academic success.
“Our students work hard on their studies, so having an organization like the Kiwanis recognize and support their accomplishments is absolutely amazing,” said John Kellogg, Westerville City School District superintendent. “This (is) the 57th year for Kiwanis to honor the top 30 senior scholars from our high schools.
“The Academic Varsity Awards Banquet is undoubtedly one of the greatest traditions in our school system and one that is very much appreciated,” he said.
Westerville Central’s Top 10 academic Warhawks are Callie Barry, Gianna Brooks, Camron Hubble, Maxwell James, Olivia Loesch, Briana McNeal, Benjamin Middleton, Jordan Mori, Sarah Wolfe and Jacob Yaussy.
Westerville North’s Top 10 academic Warriors include: Grace Beeba, Ryan Bentivegna, Gavin Cave, Caden Crist, Madison Dolnicek, Mackenzie Lykins, Daisy Roberts, Emily Stowers, Alexander Vineyard and Megan Zody.
Westerville South’s Top 10 Wildcats are Megan Banks, Delanie Daugherty, Claire Guinan, Maria Hays, Christina Himes, Abby Jung, Jack Lovell, Jude Pedrozo, Tuyen Quan and Rachel Slaybaugh.
Tom Ables, Westerville Kiwanis treasurer, said the club annually provide a dinner for the top 10 from each high school, as well as their parents and other family.
“We host a dinner, then have a speaker, then each principal introduces each student who then introduces their parents, and share where they plan to attend college, and what they plan to major in,” he said.
This year’s guest speaker was John L. Comerford, Otterbein University’s president.
For the first time as host for this event, the Kiwanis sought financial sponsors for the program this year, according to Cameron Thraen, Kiwanis Club president.
Because membership in the Kiwanis Club has declined, he said, it was necessary to ask for community support for this program.
Thraen said Otterbein University generously stepped forward to be a premier sponsor this year.
Ables said the new financial sponsorship was meant to help fund Academic Varsity, primarily.
He said the Kiwanis also awards three $1,200 scholarships to seniors, with one scholarship going to a student at each high school.
“The scholarship winners may or may not be in the top 10,” he said. “Those winners will not be announced until later at each high school.”
Ables said funds for the scholarships and the Academic Varsity dinner are raised throughout the year with such activities as pecan sales and mulch gift-card sales.
He said Academic Varsity started shortly after the Kiwanis Club of Westerville was chartered.
“When it started, there was only one high school in Westerville,” Ables said.