Seniors Honored at Senior Awards

By Richard Hernandez

Every senior has worked their way up to the 12th grade, and every one dreams about the day that they will cross the stage to receive their diploma, but not everyone can say they did it with honors.

On May 10  many seniors graduating with honors congregated at the senior awards ceremony in the Fine Arts building; too many according to Prisncipal Chris Thompson. He described the surplus of seniors as a “good problem to have.”

“They worked hard, they kept their grades up, and graduated with honors,” Thompson said. “We also had those who graduated in the hall of honors.”

The night’s biggest awards were handed out to Shivani Gaitonde and Connor Hunsaker. Gaitonde walked away with the superintendent’s award, while Hunsaker left with the principal’s award to end the night off.

“I definitely did not expect to win the superintendent’s award, but it was really nice, and a little embarrassing,” Gaitonde said. “Mr. Thompson jut kept listing the things that I’ve done. It was weird having someone else talk about it.”

Throughout the night students walked the stage to receive their new graduating gown piece whether a gold medal for those  graduating Summa Cum Laude, silver sash for those graduating Magna Cum Laude or blue sash for those graduating  Cum Laude.

“It felt pretty good [receiving the medal], because all [of] my hard work had finally paid off,” Gaitonde added.

While the seniors were walking the stage awaiting their moment with the principal, scholarships were announced.

“[The senior awards] are nice; they let all [of] the parents congratulate you,” Natalie Hill said. “It allows them to see what you’ve done.”

The night was filled with accomplishments. Each student brought something different. Some were congratulated for being a sports star, a spirit star, or even a choir star.

“I think it’s a compilation of four years,” Thompson added. “You have kids being honored for grades and extracurricular activities as well.”

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