by Hailey Zheng
Last night, May 31, the school held the 8th grade awards ceremony in the Marjorie Luke Theater. Students were nominated by their teachers to earn special recognition in specific categories and subjects. Some parents were even asked to come up on stage to be acknowledged for their hard work this school year.
Some of the awards given last night were Daughters of the American Revolution, the Latino Achievement Award, Kiwanis Hope of America, United Way Outstanding Character Award, and the Ray A. Krok Youth Achievement Award. Along with these, students were also acknowledged for their excellent performance in their journalism, English, English development, history, art, science, math, woodworking, music, Avid, and Principal’s Award. At the end, many students were recognized for maintaining a 4.0 grade point average and having perfect citizenship.
When students were called up on stage to retrieve their awards, they heard some meaningful words from their teachers that acknowledged not only their academic achievements, but also their characters, personalities, and individual talents. It was a happy time for the students who were finally recognized for their outstanding effort in the 2014-2016 school years.
Mr. Shelton shared some of his words on how the ceremony made him feel.
“This is one of my favorite times of the year because we get to celebrate the outstanding achievements and accomplishments of so many great students. It’s especially meaningful for me, as a former student at Santa Barbara Junior High.”
Some students told of how they felt after winning an award.
“It made me feel happy about all the hard work I have put in the school year,” recalled Haley Yahyavi, recognized for her 4.0 GPA.
“The awards ceremony made me feel good because it was really nice hearing my teacher say nice things about all the hard work I put into the year and acknowledge all of my accomplishments,” said Hana Ulep, winner of the English department award and recognized for her 4.0 GPA.
The awards ceremony was long, but worth it for all of the students, teachers, and parents recognized for their outstanding efforts and grades they received throughout their years at Santa Barbara Junior High School.