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Bellbrook Class of 2014 gearing up for graduation

Val/Sal and President of the 2014 Bellbrook class
Val/Sal and President of the 2014 Bellbrook class
Photograph taken by Danielle Coots

Bellbrook-On Saturday, May 24, 216 proud Bellbrook seniors will sit with fellow students, teachers, family and friends for the last time as students of the Bellbrook City Schools. More than 49% of the senior class will be headed for higher education, either by means of the military, universities or trade schools. The ceremony will be held in Kettering’s James S. Trent Arena located at 3301 Shroyer Rd. beginning at 10 a.m. Students will need to arrive at 9:15 a.m. to begin lining up. Graduating seniors will each receive ten tickets for family members. Should additional tickets be needed, contact the school’s main office by the end of the school day on Friday, May 23. Ample parking is available all around the arena and has easy access to the main entrance.

“This class has a lot of leadership in a lot of different ways. Not necessarily by means of standing in front of the class and directing things, but a lot of quiet leadership, a lot of energetic leadership as far as spirit,” Bellbrook High School Guidance Counselor, Debra Sanderman said. “I think a lot of different leadership skills will walk out of our schools with these kids.”

Nolan Kitchin has been named the valedictorian of the 2014 class. Kitchin is a member of the National Honor Society and produces music in his home studio. Wading through endless long hours of studying, writing papers and studying, Kitchin found his way to the top of the class. Kitchin plans on continuing his academic success at the University of Alabama, through a full ride scholarship, in electrical engineering and a minor in computer sciences. “I owe a lot of my success to my family. They have been very supportive with anything I do,” said Kitchin.

Following just steps behind Kitchin, Marissa Werts has been named the salutatorian of the 2014 class. Werts has been involved in the Key Club, the stage crew and was a Cross-Country athlete for the past three years. Through the stresses of high school and drive to work hard and excel to the top, she said that her older sister provided a sisterly competitive drive that helped her achieve this accomplishment. “With certain definitions, I am a first generation college student and also the first family to go into STEMS fields,” said Werts. She has been accepted to her dream school, Stanford. She will be majoring in engineering.

In addition to the valedictorian and salutatorian speeches of dreams, hopes and the future, the class president, Michael Kerr will also stand before the class of 2014. “My speech is going to be focused on the idea of gratitude, and going beyond just words. It will be reflecting back on what our parents, teachers, and staff have done for us to help us become the people that we are going to be in the future. Instead of just say thank you or just giving words of acknowledgment, I want to compliment them on how have invested in our lives,” said Kerr. He has been the class president for the past three years. He was the track team captain, conducted the school’s bible study, involved in the Eagle Excellence Group and Young Life. He will be moving forward in a degree in ministry through Johnson University.

“From a counseling standpoint, this class has been very diverse in the schools they applied to and the schools in which they have been accepted,” said Sanderman. “We have had some acceptances to some top universities such as MIT and Stanford.”

The Bellbrook Class of 2014 has accepted over $4,092,497 in scholarships and grants, including three military scholarships to the Army and Air Force totally approximately $172,000, including 18 Presidential Scholarships totally approximately $780,400, as well as many more.

For more information regarding the Class of 2014 or the graduation, please contact the main office at (937) 848-5001.