MARION \u2014 On May 25, a group of students in Marion will reach a significant milestone in their lives \u2014 graduation from high school. There will be celebrations and congratulation at Marion High School as family and friends gather to proudly watch the 40 members of the class of 2012 receive diplomas, signaling the successful completion of their high school education and the beginning of new and challenging experiences. \u201cWe\u2019re proud of all our graduates this year and their successes,\u201d said Beth Robb, principal of Marion High School, \u201cand we want to offer our congratulation on the outstanding achievements of the valedictorian and salutatorian of the class.\u201d Robb announced that Elizabeth England is this year\u2019s valedictorian and Ray Langworthy is the salutatorian. Valedictorian England is the daughter of Jerry and Sandra England and Teri Quibell. A student in the Marion schools from kindergarten through high school, England excelled in the classroom and also participated in many extracurricular activities. \u201cTo be valedictorian was something I worked for,\u201d England said, \u201cand I looked forward to achieving it and always had it as a goal.\u201d She was a member of the Osceola Youth Advisory Council and the National Honor Society, serving as the group\u2019s president during the current year. She was recognized by the Society of Women Engineers for excellence in math and science and received second place in the Veterans of Foreign Wars Voice of Democracy essay contest. Participating in sports was also an important part of England\u2019s high school life. She played basketball, volleyball and softball, helping to win two district trophies for volleyball and softball. This year she was named All-Conference and All-Area in volleyball. Among her favorite classes were creative writing and all her English classes. \u201cI love writing,\u201d she said, \u201cand am working on a novel.\u201d England will attend Saginaw Valley State University and has not yet decided on a major. \u201cI know I want to go on and earn a master\u2019s degree, too,\u201d she said, \u201cbut I haven\u2019t decided in what field yet. I\u2019m thinking I might want to be a college professor.\u201d Salutatorian Ray Langworthy\u2019s parents are Eugene and Donita Langworthy. Langworthy, who has attended Marion schools since the third grade, has also excelled in the classroom. He enjoys video games, programming and drawing. He is interested in attending Davenport University to pursue a career in video game development and design, integrating his artistic talents with the creation of games.