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Columbus graduating seniors get special caravan surprise

This is the fourth year in a row the Cristo Rey Columbus High School graduating seniors have all been accepted to college. Typically the school brings to the students together to celebrate. This year, the teachers took the celebration on the road.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Senior year has been full of letdowns for students all across central Ohio.

But on Friday, one Columbus high school found a way to celebrate its students.

Teachers and staff decorated several vehicles with balloons and messages to caravan across the city to surprise the seniors.

"I’m just so proud of these kids," said Jim Foley, president of the school. "I mean, they’re just amazing students. They work so hard, and they’ve got a goal, and they achieved that goal."

All 85 seniors were accepted to college, earning more than $9 million in scholarships. This is the fourth year in a row the school has achieved 100 percent acceptance.

So the teachers delivered special yard signs to the students, surprising many of them in their front yards.

"I was surprised because I didn’t expect it," senior Matiana Medina said. "I was just kind of in my kitchen making cookies."

Medina is headed to Otterbein University to study nursing, a profession she feels even more strongly about joining after the coronavirus pandemic.

"I think we definitely needed a lot more help than we do have now, and that’s why I want to hopefully help and make like a divide with that," she said.

The caravan also made stops at the home of Kiara Johnson, who is headed to The Ohio State University, and Regan Scholl, who is headed to Mason Anthony School of Cosmetology.

Kevin Brown Jr. is attending Xavier University next year. He's a student council officer and helped to come up with the plan for the caravan. But he still got a big surprise on Friday. He learned he has a full-ride scholarship to cover all of his expenses.

"I want to be an educator, and my end goal is to be a principal and hopefully come back to Cristo Rey and become the principal there," he said. "The experience at Cristo Rey has just been so great for the past four years. It has helped me become the person that I am today, and I’ll always be grateful for that experience."