Celebrating the Class of 2018

Celebrating the Class of 2018
Posted on 05/14/2018
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photos of valedictorians and salutatoriansGraduation ceremonies for Lakota's Class of 2018 will take place at Xavier's Cintas Center. Lakota West's ceremony is on Thursday, May 17 at 7 p.m.; Lakota East will hold its event the next evening, May 18, at 8 p.m. Tickets are not required to attend.

Following tradition, each school’s valedictorian and salutatorian will have an opportunity to address their peers, family and friends in attendance. This year’s valedictorians are Weston Lindner - GPA 4.9879 (Lakota East) and Anna Szolwinski - GPA 4.9776 (Lakota West). The salutatorians are Alexa Bencic - GPA 4.9685 (Lakota East) and Ashley Willicut - GPA 4.8980 (Lakota West). These students are well-accomplished both inside and outside the classroom; here's what their principals had to say about their top students' achievements.

"A natural born leader, Weston is an active member in a multitude of organizations, including governor of the Ohio River Valley State of the Junior State of America and an active member of Boys Nation," said East Principal Suzanna Davis. "Weston represents the best of what an experience at Lakota East has to offer. He has intellectual curiosity and approaches everything he does with passion. From his dedication to his academic studies to his passion for bettering our school and community, I look forward to seeing how Weston will spread his Thunderhawk Wings and change the world." 

"Anna is an exceptional young lady," said West Principal Elgin Card. "She is very involved in our school as a standout track athlete, president of Youth in Philanthropy, and a Spanish club officer.  Her hard work and friendly demeanor in and out of the classroom is something that is admired by all. I always tease her that, if you doubled my high school GPA, she would still have me beat. I know she will do great things in the future!"

“Alexa is a true renaissance woman, taking advantage of the wonderful opportunities offered through Lakota and surrounding communities," Davis said of East's salutatorian. "From her athletic performance as a member of our soccer team, to her commitment to a rigorous academic program, to her community service with youth soccer, to her internship with Beacon Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, Alexa fully embodies the “Thunderhawk Experience”. Her spirit and dedication to Lakota East will be missed.”

Principal Card had this to say about West's salutatorian. "Ashley is both a dedicated student and athlete. She is a great example of the success that hard work and tenacity can bring. Ashley is a responsible, eager student who stood out in the classroom. She is also a Level 10 gymnast at Cincinnati Gymnastics Academy, spending countless hours a week training. Her ability to maintain excellence inside and outside of the classroom is remarkable!"

Pictured: Class of 2018 valedictorians are Lakota East's Weston Lindner (top left) and West's Anna Szolwinski (top right). Salutatorians are Alexa Bencic (bottom left) from Lakota East and Ashley Willicut (bottom right) from Lakota West.