by Hannah Robinson
For all students at Little Chute High School, the end of the school year is crazy busy. This is especially true for seniors. From finishing portfolios to senior exit interviews, along with field trip after field trip and early finals, the class of 2018 has had a lot of their plates these last few weeks. To add to that list, this past week was the Senior Awards Banquet. At this annual event, scholarships and other awards are given to the outstanding seniors who earned them.
The Senior Awards Banquet, as always, was held at Liberty Hall in Kimberly. When the seniors and their guests entered the building, they were checked in by the future executive board of National Honor Society. Entering the large dining hall, those in attendance found their seats and talked amongst themselves. Dinner was served after a few minutes. The meal was delicious; it included chicken, dressing, potatoes, vegetables, and other mouth-watering foods. Thank you to those at Liberty Hall for the fantastic meal.
When everyone had finished eating, the ceremony began with introductions from guidance counselor Mr. Pratt and National Honor Society president Olivia Kliner. After that, the night followed the program that guests were given at the door. Scholarships and awards of all kinds were given to the seniors, recognizing them for their academic success, athletic achievement, and extracurricular involvement throughout their four years at Little Chute High School. There was a great variety of awards as well. Some focused on academics and effort while others centered specifically on theater and choir. There were many academic awards given out to celebrate accomplishments in that area as well. On behalf of the seniors, teachers, and staff, I would also like to thank all those who presented the scholarships and awards, not only for their monetary donations but also for the time and care they put into this event each and every year. Retired LCHS principal Mr. Dan Valentyn was even in attendance to present his “Stay Classy” award.
After scholarship and award winners were announced, current principal Mr. Tony Bird recognized the LCHS and LCCPA top ten and valedictorians. This year’s valedictorians from LCHS include Hannah Robinson, Olivia Hermsen, and Olivia Kliner. Representing LCCPA as valedictorian is Emma Wyngaard.
Congratulations to all seniors on your accomplishments I’m sure that our parents, teachers, and peers are excited to see what we will achieve next in our lives. After the ceremony concluded, the seniors posted for some group and individual pictures to capture the memories of the night and celebrate their awards. Below are two pictures from the night. The first one includes Olivia Gloudemans, Olivia Scheeler, and Charlie Coenen. In the next photo, future St. Norbert Knights Abby Kramer, Charlie Hietpas, Lexi Halase, and Hannah Robinson smile big for the camera.