The salutatorian is Weston Eibel, ranked No. 3 in the class, while Abigail Missey ranked No. 2. Juliana Hicks (four) and Elizabeth Logan (five) round out the top-five academic students. The New London graduation is at 3 p.m. Sunday.
Smith, the daughter of Clark and Donna, has several fond memories as a Wildcat. Those experiences include touring the Ohio Electric Cooperative, going to Walt Disney World and New York City with the band and being with her friends at the football games.
“I will miss going to school every day and having interactions with my fellow classmates and the teachers. Being from such a small school, I think that it makes it easier to create lasting bonds with our teachers and gives us the opportunity to make jokes and (be sarcastic) with them,” Smith said.
Her advice to underclassmen is don’t procrastinate and “always remember to feed your teachers.”
Smith’s achievements, activities and awards include: National Honor Society, Academic Challenge, band, track, Girl Scouts, 4-H, Distinguished Scholar, earning an honors diploma, John Phillip Sousa Award, fourth-year All Academic Award and being a 2017 delegate for Buckeye Girls State.
She plans to major in digital media production with a minor in history at Ashland University.
“In 10 years, I would hope to be working in the radio or television industry and be growing as a professional in the industry I choose,” Smith said.
Missey, the daughter of Matt and Cathy, said her fondest New London memories are being in the color guard, winter guard and spending time with her friends. She will miss her teachers and friends the most.
“Do everything to the best of your ability and never stop trying to be great at something,” Missey said in giving advice to underclassmen. “I am a member of the National Honor Society and I have participated in winter guard and color guard. I am also a dancer at Boss Dance Studio.”
Missey will study fine arts at Ashland University.
Eibel, the son of James and Kimberly, said his fondest memory as a Wildcat was winning the Firelands Conference in golf his senior year. He will miss his friends and participating in sports the most.
His wisdom to underclassmen is to “work hard to set yourself up for success.”
Eibel’s achievements, activities and awards include the National Honor Society and first-team, all-area golf honors.
He will major in pharmacy at The University of Toledo. Eibel said he expects to be running a pharmacy or being involved in health care management in 10 years.
Hicks, who is ranked fourth, is the daughter of David Shaffer and Tonya Hicks-Shaffer. Her fondest New London memories were being the Firelands Conference basketball champions and “being able to cheer on that team.”
“I will miss all of the activities I was in and the amazing teachers I have,” said Hicks, whose achievements, activities and awards include: Distinguished Scholar, earning an honors diploma, National Honor Society, cheerleading, student council president, the drama department and Girl Scouts.
Her advice to underclassmen is to “enjoy and appreciate every moment because it flies by and do work (because) it pays off.”
Hicks will major in inclusive early childhood education at Bowling Green State University. In 10 years, she said she expects to have earned her master’s degree and work as a first-grade teacher.
Logan, who is ranked fifth in her class, is the daughter of Richard and Tracey.
“My favorite high school memory was being on the 2015-2016 basketball team, just having fun and making it to regionals,” she said. “I will miss playing sports the most and seeing my friends every day.”
Part of her wisdom to underclassmen is “don’t wish it away.”
“The end comes sooner than you think,” Logan added.
Her achievements, activities and awards include: Distinguished Scholar, earning an honors diploma, four years of academic letters, National Honor Society secretary, two-year letter-winner in both volleyball and basketball, softball (four-year letter-winner, first-team all-FC) and first-team All-Academic.
Logan also will be on the University of Toledo campus with Eibel. Logan will major in mechanical engineering.
“In 10 years I hope to have a steady job working as an engineer,” she said.