Sandusky High School graduate Peyton Jordan boasts a lengthy list of accomplishments, ranging from musical prowess to exceptional grades.
But on Sunday, one of her most cherished accolades came from her biggest, yet tiniest fans: Rafe, Finn and Milo Parks, three young children she has babysat for the past year.
The trio offered her a card and bouquet of flowers, and then huddled for a photograph to celebrate her graduation day.
Soon, she'll move on to the University of Akron to study nursing. But for now, she simply cherished the moment.
"Now that it happened, it just feels so surreal," Jordan said. "I've waited so long for this."
Sandusky High School honored 168 graduates Sunday afternoon at Strobel Field at Cedar Point Stadium.
Samantha Smith, senior class president and the event's lone student speaker, opened the graduation ceremony by highlighting the Class of 2014's ability to accept change.
New teachers, administrators, classes, school uniform policies and even school lunches all taught the group how to adapt to differences.
"This is proof we can overcome any change or challenge," Smith said. "Our newest change is what we are all doing after we graduate. Whatever we do, we can conquer all the obstacles that are put in our paths."
During the ceremony, senior members of the high school's A Cappella Choir sang Peter Lutkin's "The Lord Bless You and Keep You" to send off their classmates.
Smith received the Stauffer Award as the school's top female scholar-athlete, while David Linden received the Malinovsky Award as the top male scholar athlete.
Graduates Devin Lilly and Jennifer Sherwood were inducted into the school's Academic Hall of Fame for achieving "commended student" status in the National Merit Scholarship contest.
Sandusky Schools superintendent Eugene Sanders capped off the ceremony by encouraging the Class of 2014 to dream big and positively impact the city, state, nation and world.
"Believe you can make a difference," Sanders said. "Today is not the conclusion of your journey. Today is the first day of a bold, exciting new journey. Your best days are yet to come."
Sandusky High School Class of 2014
•Number of graduates: 168
•Going to college: 75 percent
•Going into workforce: 17 percent
•Going into military: 3 percent
•Undecided: 5 percent
•Total amount of local scholarships accepted: $250,000