Celebration of Excellence Honors Academic Standouts

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Our academic superstars were in the spotlight at the 35th annual Celebration of Excellence academic awards ceremony held May 15 at the Civic Auditorium, as the District honored 296 students in grades 6-12 for having achieved a 4.0 or more GPA through three quarters this school year. 

Twenty-four students were awarded scholarships awarded by the Rangers Education Foundation and the Lakewood Leadership Team. The District also recognized our National Merit Scholars: Finalist Veronica Lee and Commended Scholars Bailey Manke, Claire Walkosak and Eva Wynn.

medalsKeynote speaker Dr. Gayle Gordillo, a 1980 LHS graduate and professor of plastic surgery for The Ohio State University spoke to the students about how the choices they make today will shape who they are tomorrow and that being true to yourself in those choices and building a track record of personal integrity will lead to the greatest success.

A perennial highlight of Celebration of Excellence each year is hearing the high school accomplishments of the seniors honored and learning of their post-graduation plans.

The many interests of our district’s most academically talented seniors include fields such as engineering,  education, political science, physics, environmental studies, music performance, linguistics and many others. Our honored students will study at a wide variety of colleges, many with significant scholarships, including fully paid tuitions. Our seniors will be heading to Ohio schools such as The Ohio State University, University of Cincinnati, Miami University, Kent State University, Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland State, John Carroll University, Case Western Reserve University, Oberlin College, Baldwin Wallace University, Ohio University and schools across the nation such as Northwestern University, Harvard College, University of Pennsylvania, University of Notre Dame, New College of Florida, Arizona State and University of Colorado.

The evening also included entertainment by the Lakewood High Chamber Choir. It was a wonderful evening to celebrate the legacy of excellence that is representative of the Lakewood City Schools and its students. Congratulations to all!

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