WORTHINGTON - Worthington High School students were recognized for academic excellence Wednesday afternoon during WHS’ 30th annual Academic Awards Ceremony.

The event began with recognition of students who have been involved in WHS activities including Students Against Destructive Decisions, FCCLA, speech, art, National Honor Society, Academic Decathlon, Student Council, writing/journalism, Business Professionals of America and Knowledge Bowl. The WHS female and male athletes of the year were also recognized.

Other awards for academic achievement included the Advanced Placement Award, Pathway to Prosperity Award, Senior Students of Excellence and AAA Awards. Also recognized were seniors graduating with honors (cumulative grade point average of 3.5 to 3.749) and highest honors (GPAs of 3.75 to 4.0).

Graduating seniors in the WHS Class of 2019 will receive their diplomas during commencement ceremonies May 24.


First photo: WHS Class of 2019 Senior Students of Excellence were named at Wednesday’s Academic Awards Ceremony in the WHS gymnasium. Students acknowledged, and the corresponding departments for which they were selected, are, front row (from left): Jessica Ventura (physical education); Joselin Gonzales Mejia (science); Evelyn Aguila (communication arts); Judy Keophimphone (family and consumer science); Vanessa Olivares (art); Autumn Drahota (business). Back: Ryan Newman (agriculture); Sean Souksavath (math); Christipher Lee (world languages); Jack Johnson (industrial arts); Davis Moore (music). Not pictured: Mariel Castaneda (social studies). (Tim Middagh/The Globe)


Second photo: Students from the WHS Class of 2019 graduating with honors (GPA of 3.5 to 3.749) include, front row (from left): Lucrecia Ramos, Heidi Ramirez Velasquez, Erica Bousema, Andrea Castillo Chicas, Adrianna Engler, Judy Keophimphone. Second row: Ammanuel Ojha, Angel Mejia Alvarenga, Benjamin Rogers, Pwe Ku, Veronica Orellana, Juan Velasco Mendoza. Third row: Benjamin Lopez, Aryah Marsh, Andrew Huber, Ryan Newman, Jacob Neuberger. Back row: Anteneh Bayou, Preston Leopold, Preston Anderson, Brayden Donkersloot, Brandon Gutierrez. Missing: Eh Kyoo. (Tim Middagh/The Globe)


Third photo: Students from the WHS Class of 2019 graduating with highest honors (GPA of 3.75-4.00) include, front row (from left) Joselin Gonzales Mejia, Jacquelin Perez, Jacee Turner, Liss Huss, Mike Martinez. Second row: Grace Moody, Autumn Drahota, Ashley Noerenberg, Samuel Van Westen, Juan Villegas, Nyiel Mayola, Sydney Ponto, Sarah Spieker. Third row: Anna Meyer, Jack Johnson, New Bu, Alex Cuate, Taylor Eggers, Christipher Le, Nick Weg. Fourth row, from left: Tommy Thonesavanh, Davis Moore, Blaine Doeden, Carl Dykstra, Anwar Farra, Alberto Lara, Sean Souksavath, Tad Stewart. (Tim Middagh/The Globe)