A higher education administrator encouraged Columbian High School students to work hard, have passion and leave a legacy Wednesday morning.
Robert Huntington, president of Heidelberg University, spoke during Columbian's 28th annual academic letter breakfast, which is sponsored by the school's alumni association, at Camden Falls. Nearly 100 sophomores, juniors and seniors were honored for achieving 3.5 or higher grade point averages.
"Passion is our fuel for life. ... Follow your own compass," he said.
Donald Coletta, superintendent of Tiffin City Schools, said standards are high for the award.
"You should be very proud of your accomplishment," he said.
Huntington said students are the reason the country exists. He told them not to settle for anything less than their own excellence.
"Hard work is our game-changer. ... Detach yourself from average by working hard," he said.
A person's legacy is his or her first and final report card, Huntington said.
"We enter (a room) with expectations, and we depart with expectations," he said.