More than 300 to graduate from XHS

By Scott Halasz - [email protected]

XENIA — The accomplishments of more than 300 Xenia High School seniors will be celebrated during the school’s graduation Wednesday, May 25 at the Nutter Center.

From the classroom to the ball fields to the concert halls, the class of 2016 is an impressive group according to administrators.

“We’ve got across the spectrum between the arts, the athletics and the academics, we’ve got kids who have showcased Xenia on a top level,” said Principal Ted Holop. “”We’ve had a really good year where we got to celebrate, not just our typical groups that we celebrate, not just our marquee athletes or our marquee academic kids, we’ve also had a tremendous last two years with our band.”

For the second straight year the band participated in the Ohio Music Education Association adjudicated event. The vocal ensemble participated this year as well.

“They’ve obviously gotten the band to a special place,” Holop said.

Academically, the 304 seniors received $4,022,030 in scholarship offers, of which $1,986,816 were accepted. Among those was Carolyn Engle, who is getting a presidential scholarship to attend Indiana State University.

” … The amount of money that she’s going to get to complete her college career is all because she has worked tirelessly on her academics and all of her outside activities and it’s really paid off,” Holop said.

Of those graduating, 173 are planning to attend college, 40 are going into the work force full time, 59 are going into the work force part time and 10 are joining the military.

Xenia does not have valedictorians and salutatorians. Instead, a number of graduates of distinction are named, based on certain criteria. This year’s group includes Alex Bolka, Donna Cook, Morgan Davis, Brooke Elam, Carolyn Engle, Lauren Goodman, Caitlin Hollen, Deborah Michalski, Morgan McClain, Kaya Muhammad, Arden Tillmaand, Haylee Wagner, and Zach Wical.

Bolka plans to attend Wright State and major in accounting and finance. Cook will attend Otterbein University and major in nursing and zoo conservation science. Davis is planning to enroll at Wright State and major in social work. Elam is heading to the University of Colorado in Boulder to major in chemistry or biology. Engle plans to study speech and language pathology at ISU.

Goodman is attending Wright State as a dance major. Hollen plans to major in rehabilitation at Wright State. Michalski will pursue a degree in either math education or sports broadcasting at Grace College. McClain will be a biology major at Wright State. Muhammad is undecided on her future plans. Tillmaand is planning on attending the University of Cincinnati to study anthropology. Wagner will attend Cedarville University and will declare a course of study later. Wical will be a computer engineering major at Wright State.

The seniors won’t be the only ones saying goodbye to the high school as Holop will move to Warner Middle School next year as principal.

By Scott Halasz

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Contact Scott Halasz at 937-502-4507.

Contact Scott Halasz at 937-502-4507.