Southview High School’s valedictorian Logan Sander has learned that expectations, while good to set, can sometimes limit one from fulfilling their potential.
“I never thought I would be accepted into Princeton University. Even in my senior year, I was expecting rejection,” the 18-year-old said.
She will attend Princeton in the fall and plans to study comparative literature. She will graduate with a 4.6 grade point average.
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Southview will hold its graduation ceremony for 298 students at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Stranahan Theater in Toledo. Northview, with its 293 graduates, will hold its ceremony there at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Stranahan.
Northview valedictorian Katelyn Work, who carries a 4.5 grade point average, said her peers encouraged others to seek top grades and stay on top of their academic game.
“There are many of us who push each other to do our best,” the 17-year-old said. “It’s never like a competition to beat another person out. It is a collaborative environment between all of us.”
The Southview graduating class, Ms. Sander said, is not “lazy” as some have characterized her generation for relying heavily on technology, she said. Instead, her classmates are progressive and focused on doing big things, she said.
“We are using technology to change things,” she said.
Southview Principal Dave McMurray said the senior class is well rounded and most are focusing on science or math based studies in their higher education.
“More than 104 seniors are on the honor roll,” he said. “We have a real strong academic class, but well rounded with 5,000 hours of community service, and athletically impressive.”.
Southview celebrated a big year with its Mock Trial Team earning a world and state champion title, and finishing third in nationals. Its Cougarettes Dance, Horticulture, and Speech and Debate Teams also earned accolades this year.
Southview students also excel in the sports realm, the principal said.
The school‘s team had a strong finish in track, with seven individuals runners making it to the state meet, he said. The team won the Northern Lakes League district championship and regional and boys tennis also earned championship titles within the NLL.
Senior Malcolm Johnson, who has a 4.3 grade point average, won the state indoor title in the 60-meter dash with a meet-record time of 6.76 seconds. He will attend Harvard in the fall to study economics.
Northview High School hockey team made state and national headlines this year for being named state co-champions battling St. Ignatius in a historic match in March.
Principal Steve Swaggerty commended the Business Team for its national championship title and the Rocketry Team for placing first third in the national competition.
He described the class as creative and community minded, racking up more than 20,000 hours in volunteer time.
The class has five students attending state competitions in orchestra and theater. Mr. Swaggerty said they also have immeasurable potential, noting the first time students dyed its pool pink to raise funds and cancer awareness.
Through it all, he said, the senior class set the positive tone that resonated throughout the student body.
“The feeling around our school, the feeling begins with senior class,” he said. “Whether it be snow days, new curriculum, or levy campaigns, we had a good feeling this year because the seniors treat others well.”
More than 25 Northview students will graduate with a 4.0 or above grade point average. Ms. Work, the valedictorian, said many seniors who gradewise are at the head of the class plan on pursing degrees in medicine or engineering.
A Sylvania resident, she will attend the University of Michigan to study biomedical engineering. Her parents, Mark and Linda are both nurses and encouraged her to pursue the innovative field. She plans to focus on developments in efficient and localized medicines.
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