Students in 10th, 11th, and 12th grade joined community members for the first Awards Assembly in the auditorium since 2019. Among the new challenges in the past four years is seating capacity. Administration decided to livestream the assembly into 9th grade teacher’s classrooms instead of testing that the total attendance would exceed the total seats. Journalism 1 students covered the event and here are a variety of highlights from the awards:
Army ROTC Scholarship: $120,000 presented to Kassie McGibbney by Major Walter Level. Quote: “The army is looking for […] candidates who are leaders, who serve the community, who are team captains and Eagle Scouts.”
Hannah’s Heart Scholarship: Each scholarship winner receives $1,000 from the Hannah Milbert Memorial Fund: John Hustwit, Brayden Wisniewski, Maelynn Nicholas, Jacob Kerr, Ryan Ehmann, Lydija Amayo, Vincent D’Ambrosio, and Kayla Turcsanyi. Quote: “generously given, through pain and love from the Milbert family to students who have impacted the world through kindness.”
National Merit Awards: 4 juniors have been recognized by the National Merit Awards for their PSAT scores, and wait to see if they have received other honors from the National Merit Awards. Amelia Hardiman, Caleb Walsh, Sydney Nelson, and Jackson Shields each received a journal from Dr. Dwulit as they “keep studying, working, and pursuing their goals”
National Merit Letter of Commendation: This honor is below National Merit Semi-Finalists, and there are only a handful presented across the United States. Matthew Purcell was the recipient of this award, presented by Dr. Dwulit.
Marine Awards: 4 awards were presented by Staff Sergeant Eric Galcik, the Marine Recruiter for Avonworth. Male Athlete: Ryan Monti. Female Athlete: Dimitra Velisaris. Academics: William Habala. Music: Jessica Reed.
Frank Motta Scholarship: The award was already presented that morning, but is presented in honor of Frank Motta to a student who has “achieved superb performances as an Avonworth bowler.” Presented to Warren Lillie III.
A.W. Beattie Career Center Awards: Two students from A.W. Beattie were recognized as Senior of the Year in their programs. Each student “shows mastery of the program which they have studied, has a positive attitude on a regular basis, and is committed to pursuing the field they have studied while at Beattie. Often these students are the ones that go above and beyond in the classroom and in their community.” Samantha Blose in Sports Medicine, Kayla Turcsanyi in Surgical Sciences, and Anthony Guisto in Computer Networking.