EL CENTRO â€“ Southwest High School scholars who went above and beyond in their academic goals were honored Monday during the school’s annual senior awards assembly that took place in a packed auditorium.
The evening began with handing out scholarships to those pursuing a higher education beginning with military scholarships awarded to students joining the armed services to serve their country.
To honor community involvement, Â Margo Bridgewater from the San Diego Blood Line presented red cords to 35 students for organizing collections and donating over 350 units of blood this year. Sarah Rodriguez, Haley Gibson, and Sarah Davis were three of the 35 who received this award for their outstanding work with the blood drive.
The next award presented was the HOSA National Scholarship, given to a student pursuing a career in health care. For the first time in Southwest’s history, Kaiser Permanente awarded the $1,000 scholarship to a local student. Monica Rivas won the scholarship and will be recognized at this year’s National Leadership conference in Nashville, TN.
Continuing through the evening, awards were presented for students who became proficient in two or more languages by the end of high school. Seventy-six Southwest students were awarded the State Seal of Biliteracy on their diploma and will be recognized as bilingual to future employers.
To bring the night to a close, the last awards were presented to students maintaining a high GPA throughout four years of high school. Medals were awarded to students with 3.5 to 3.8 GPA for seven semesters, while trophies were given to 12 students who maintained a 3.9 to 4.0 GPA for the entire high school career. The last award presented was a plaque that recognized 33 outstanding seniors who maintained a 4.0 or higher over the course of their four years. All the recipients got to showcase their achievements in front of family and friends, for all their hard work and perseverance over the past four years of academia.[envira-gallery id=”78052″]