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The Mirror reporter

There are many students at SPASH who work hard in school every day. Maintaining a high GPA is challenging, but there are many students who’ve achieved this. The purpose of Academic Awards Night is to recognize those students who have achieved academically at a high level.

This year, the program will take place on Monday, April 30 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the SPASH auditorium.

The Academic Awards program was initiated by the SPASH Student Senate. The first one took place during the 1998-1999 school year.

There are two types of awards, Academic Awards and Department Students of the Year. Academic Awards are given to the students who have earned a cumulative GPA of 3.8 or higher at the semester. If a student receives an academic award all four years of high school, they receive the Gold Academic Cup their senior year.

Senior Joey Kwong is one of the students receiving the cup this year. “It feels so rewarding to see that my hard work over the past four years has actually paid off,” Kwong said.

Department Students of the Year are those the faculty feel deserve recognition for their outstanding achievements in that area. The teachers of that department discuss and vote on this decision.

Students who are receiving awards were sent a letter of invitation to this event. Their families are invited to attend as well.

Anyone who cannot come will be able to pick up their awards later in the school’s main office.

“The things I remember the most are when students really work hard to get something,” SPASH principal Jon Vollendorf said. “For instance, a couple years ago we had a student who so badly wanted to be a valedictorian that the last semester of their senior year they went and signed up for four AP classes because they are weighted. They knew that if they could get a really good grade in each of those AP classes, that it would move their GPA and they did it and they made valedictorian.”