Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Nearly 500 Students Recognized for Academic Excellence!

On Tuesday, March 5th, 2013, nearly 500 hundred Gahanna Lincoln High School freshmen, sophomore, juniors, and seniors were recognized for their academic performance at the annual Student Academic Award Night.
Our mission at GLHS is “educate our students today for the challenges and opportunities of tomorrow.” A night like last night is a testament to how seriously we take our mission. The educational process is a challenging, unpredictable, and full of failures and triumphs, yet it’s crucial to one’s success. Our staff is committed to our mission and the students recognized last night have demonstrated that they embrace our mission as well.
Freshmen Experience Principal, Mr. Ron Foltz, did an outstanding job organizing the program and delivering a powerful message about “giving it your all.” The highlight of his message came from the classic work of Dr. Seuss, “Horton Hears A Who.” Horton the Elephant was faced with a challenge and had to decide if he was going to coward in the face of adversity or stand firm on his commitment. The message hit home with many in the audience because in order for one to be successful, one must remain committed in the face of adversity

Students were recognized by four different levels:
·        First Year Award (Academic Letter)- 3.9 cumulative GPA or better after three semesters
·        Second Year Award (Academic Pin)- 3.8 cumulative GPA or better after five semesters
·        Third Year Award (Third Year Pin)-3.7 cumulative GPA or better after seven semesters
·        Fourth Year Award (Fourth Year Plaque) 3.6 cumulative GPA or better after seven semesters
I had the opportunity to speak to several parents before the ceremony began and they were so excited for their children.  One father in particular brought his elementary age niece and nephew so they could see their cousin, who is a senior, be recognized for her commitment to academic excellence. He used it as an opportunity to plant another seed of success in their young minds. It’s nice to be a part of something that means so much to others!
Congratulations again to all the students for achieving at such a high level and a special “thank you” to you, the parents, for helping your children accomplish their goals!
Be Great,
Dwight

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