Congratulations to Class of 2017 Valedictorian, Hannah Smith, and Salutatorian, Olivia Dillman!
McAuley High School congratulates its Class of 2017 Valedictorian, Hannah Smith, and Salutatorian, Olivia Dillman!
Valedictorian Hannah Smith will attend Ohio Northern University in the fall, where she will major in business and psychology. She plans to pursue Ohio Northern's 3+3 law program and hopes to become a contract attorney. At McAuley, Hannah was involved in volleyball, National Honor Society, Cards for Courage, Women in Law, Ambassadors Club, Key Club, and tutoring.
Hannah says her favorite class at McAuley was AP Latin, and her favorite McAuley tradition was raffle. "The thing I will miss most about McAuley is the school masses. The music sung by the Vocal Ensemble is always amazing, and you can really feel a sense of sisterhood when we are gathered together to worship. Joining hands to sing the Alma Mater at the end is also uplifting," said Hannah.
"McAuley has pushed me to achieve my full potential," Hannah said. "When I entered McAuley, I was a shy freshman. I am now emerging as a confident, strong and empowered young woman."
Hannah attended grade school at St. James White Oak. She is the daughter of Scott and Niccia Smith of White Oak.
Salutatorian Olivia Dillman will attend the University of Cincinnati, where she will major in medical sciences, as she plans to become a physician. At McAuley, Olivia was involved in Women In Medicine, National Honor Society, National History Honor Society, National Latin Honor Society, Key Club, Traveling Science Show, Soccer, and Adopt-A-Grandparent Program at Llanfair Retirement Community. She also served as Student Council Senior Class President, a Student Ambassador, NHS Secretary and Treasurer, and she participated in a Service and Immersion trip to Jamaica.
Olivia says her favorite classes at McAuley were Anatomy & Physiology, Honors Chemistry and Honors Pre-Calculus. Her favorite McAuley tradition is singing the Alma Mater after every mass. "It reminds me of the unbreakable bond of our sisterhood: past, present and future," said Olivia. "I can say, without a doubt, that I will miss all the friendships I have made throughout my four years at McAuley. It is each friendship – whether it be with a fellow student or a teacher or faculty member – that makes McAuley truly unforgettable."
"McAuley gave me opportunities in academics, service, and extracurricular activities that I would have never been able to discover myself," said Olivia. "These opportunities have truly shaped me into the woman of faith, compassion, service, leadership and excellence that I am proud of today."
Olivia attended grade school at St. Catharine. She is the daughter of Bradford and Margaret Dillman of Westwood.