Seniors honored on special night


Ryan Wiebe (12) receives a scholarship in the beginning of the night. Wiebe received this based on his academic merit, character and hours of volunteer service.

Maddie Hirschfield, Author

Selected seniors were recognized in the fieldhouse on Wednesday, May 13 during Senior Honors Night. The event lasted for about an hour and a half, during which students were awarded with a variety of distinctions.

Beginning with a performance from the bell choir led by Ms. Sandy Hobbs, Music, the night started at 7:00 p.m. After two songs, Senior Class President Nicholas Kiepura (12) and Senior Class Vice President Tiffany Polyak (12) gave a short introduction. They then introduced each presenter and assisted in handing out awards.

“I think Senior Honors Night is a great way to get us pumped up for graduation and just to [help] us remember to keep doing our best,” Tiffany Tao (12) said.

The first students to be recognized were those who received any type of scholarship from the college they chose to attend. Then scholarships were given out by organizations in the area, such as the St. John Chamber of Commerce and the Athletic Booster Club.

“At Senior Honors Night, I won the Academic Letterwinners Scholarship, Most Likely to Succeed and the Chemistry Award,” Tao said.

After scholarships, department awards were given by teachers from each subject. Students were recognized for excelling in Art, Business, Family and Consumer Science, English, Journalism, Math, Science, Social Studies, World Languages and for scoring a 36 on any section of the ACT.

“I thought the ceremony was really nice. I liked how each of the department heads gave out an award. That was rewarding I think, and recognizing all the seniors was a nice thing to do,” Tao said.

Lastly, scholastic and achievement awards were distributed. The categories included Senior Class Officers, Perfect Attendance, Future Collegiate Athletes, American Legion Awards, Danforth “I Dare You” Awards, Senior Leadership Awards, Best All-Around Senior Awards, Most Likely to Succeed, National Merit Awards, Principal’s Most Valuable Students and Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude and Summa Cum Laude Graduates.

“I never expected that I would be recognized [for my accomplishments]. I just did it because I wanted to. I’m glad that other people get to see what I’ve been doing with my life,” Tao said.
The night ended in a huge round of applause for all of the seniors who attended.