It’s all good news for some of the students of Abilene High School. During Achievement Night on Tuesday, they were given scholarships, which had a total amount of $110,000.
The event began with an open house. The AHS played for the visitors. Featured in the event were the various engineering, woodwork, arts and other projects which were said to have been completed by the students this past school year.
The culinary class prepared sweet treats where visitors indulged in these.
Principal Ben Smith delivered the opening remarks, thanking parents for having allowed the institution to work with their kids. He comments that the kids are a fantastic group of young people whom they expect will be working hard for the years to come and will be doing them proud.
Student Council president Sam Burt who was also the recipient of many awards gave the audience a rundown of the various achievements that individuals and teams have earned from AHS this year. He also credited the faculty, the staff and the student’s parents for helping them become one of the ‘most distinguished’ classes in Abilene High School.
Various scholarships from private memorials and social organizations were presented by community members. The presenters were given the chance to speak about the scholarships and also talked about the students who were their recipients.
Hank Royer who was the presenter for the Terry Stephens and the Carly Gassman scholarships spoke about the value of scholarships as well as their true meaning to the students. He recalled that when he was studying in high school, they only had about 10 to 15 scholarships back then. He then made the observation as he was glancing at the brochure that there were about 300 scholarships for that day. Gassman says that while the number might seem like a lot, they should think about expanding this even more, not just the numbers, but also the size of the scholarships.
While the event only lasted for a little over two hours, it was a memorable one for the high school students.