By Camille Lyon Posted June 3, 2009
On Wednesday, May 20, Lowry High School hosted its second annual Academic Assembly of Excellence. With a creative theme of “You’ve Hit Level Amazing,” over 486 students were recognized and 850 awards were given in the video game-themed gym. This assembly is different than most academic award ceremonies; it is meant to be a high-energy pep rally where students are recognized for all types of achievements in front of peers, teachers, and parents.
Awards were classified by department and class. There were $400 dollar bonds given to selected students in each department. There were also medallions given to a student chosen by each department. The Physical Education department also awarded the Presidential and National Physical Fitness Award winners.
To keep up the energy for the assembly, there was a variety of entertainment. The Winnemucca Basque Dancers danced the “wine dance”, Winterfest karaoke winner, Hailey Samms, serenaded the crowd with a rendition of Nat King Cole’s L-O-V-E, Mrs. Dawson’s advisory class known as “Dawson’s Crew” beat-boxed and rapped about Lowry’s mission statement.
The last award of the assembly was given to Hillaria Barajas. She received the ‘Most Inspirational’ award for her academic achievements through hardships.
The ceremony ended on an optimistic note as award recipients were applauded by their peers and parents.