HOISINGTON — Tuesday night, Hoisington High School’s Board of Education and administration honored 19 seniors for their outstanding academic achievement. Each of the students maintained a minimum of a 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale for three and a half consecutive semesters. That means being on the honor roll each semester starting at the beginning of their freshman year.
Students and their parents were invited to attend the banquet which was held at the Hoisington High School commons.
“This is an event that is very important to the Board of Education and has a very strong tradition,” USD 431 Superintendent Bill Lowry said. “All of the students that achieve this honor automatically qualify for a USD 431 Foundation Scholarship funded through the Annual Foundation Labor Day Golf Tournament.”
Lowry and Principal Joel Mason shared their pride in the work the students had accomplished during their high school career. Mason shared that the Class of 2019 will include 37 graduates, with more than half being honored that night.
“The HHS class of 2019 is a very sharp and focused group overall,” Mason said. “They are not only smart, but they are also driven to do their best. They have set goals for themselves and strive to reach them. This has been a successful class in many areas of education.
Board of Education president Pastor Don Fisher acknowledged the challenging requirements the students had fulfilled to earn their invitation to the banquet and to receive their foundation scholarships.
“Our students continue to get better and better,” he said.
He also noted that the banquet had been moved this year to the high school commons from the Activity Center in order to accommodate the growing number of students being honored. He then shared with students the question he hoped they would answer as they accepted their awards: “In ten years, at your 10-year reunion, what is one thing you will remember?”
Fisher also asked students to share, as they came to the front of the room to accept their plaque from a school board member. They were asked to give their names, who they brought as their guests, and where they will be going to school in the Fall.
(See photo gallery for individual photos and information about the 17 students present at the banquet.)