By CARY ASHBY
Reflector Staff Writer
MILAN From being a dental hygienist to a music educator, all of the top-five students at Edison High School have career plans for after college. And they still won't graduate from high school until Sunday.
Cassandra Grant, 18, believes the academics at Edison are really good.
"I got a really good education base before going to college," said the daughter of Loren and Tamara, who plans to study dental hygiene at The Ohio State University.
Grant decided on dental hygiene because it doesn't require years and years of college. And, "their hourly wages are good and they get good benefits." She chose OSU because not only has she always liked the school, but her brother Drew is a sophomore studying accounting there.
Samantha Barclay, 18, the daughter of Brian and Beverly, said her biggest personal accomplishment is "learning to give God the glory" while scholastically, it was being "the first in class." She is graduating with honors and 28 college credits.
Barclay's favorite Edison memory is having picnic lunches with her friends to celebrate holidays at school.
"We'd all bring in (food) and share it," she said. "The fellowship is fun."
She will be studying biology in the pre-med program at Cedarville University, which is near Springfield. Barclay eventually plans to attend medical school, specializing in pediatrics and also do medical mission trips in Africa.
"I really enjoy working with little children and it's also a way to use my career to glorify God," she said.
The most valuable part of Evan Cornell's Edison experience was his love of learning. The 18-year-old son of William and Linda's biggest accomplishment was winning the Academic Challenge this year.
He said he will be studying electrical engineering at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terra Haute, Ind. because it combines math and science his favorite subjects with technology.
While at Edison, Lisa Mongiardo, the daughter of Jim and Diane, learned to "manage" her school and friends. She explained that meant "knowing when to be serious and do my work, but still be a kid."
The 17-year-old senior's favorite high school memories involve band camp. She played piccolo her freshman year.
"The last three years I twirled," said Mongiardo, who enjoyed supporting the tennis team. "I've gone to all their matches, except for two or three."
She will be studying music education at Ashland University, where she also wants to have minors in French and mathematics. Ultimately, Mongiardo wants to be a high school band director.
James Wilson, 18, said he learned to cherish everything while at Edison. His favorite memory was the show choir trip to Chicago in March. The son of Perry and Becky said his biggest accomplishment was "being in the top of my class."
Wilson might see Grant at OSU, where his sister Donna is a junior accounting major, while studying physical therapy.
"I just think it would be cool to heal somebody," Wilson said.