In an annual tradition, community leaders and family members came together to honor an exceptional group of seniors at Long Beach High School’s Academic Awards Night. Students were presented with nearly 200 awards totaling more than $122,000, made possible by the generosity of local individuals and organizations.
Students were recognized for excellence as scholars, athletes, musicians, scientists, artists, leaders and humanitarians. They were also honored for exhibiting exceptional character and service to their community.
“This class leaves behind a legacy that is woven with kindness, compassion, perseverance and honesty,” said Principal Gaurav Passi in his opening remarks. “I know from my involvement with them that they appreciate the relationships they have built, the challenges they have overcome, the opportunities they have been given here at Long Beach High School and the incredible support they have received from their parents and families.”
In addition to department awards, there were dozens of scholarships presented to students by local PTAs, teachers’ associations, government offices, civic groups and businesses. Especially meaningful were the memorial awards given in honor of past leaders, humanitarians and loved ones who had touched so many in the Long Beach community.
Presented by Passi, the Principal’s Leadership and Achievement Awards recognized Gavin Enright, Julio Mirabel, Arianne Papa, Zoe Papetti and Vincent Pasqua as exceptional leaders and role models for their fellow students. Dylan Palacio was recognized for his accomplishments with the Principal’s Achievement Award.
“As we continue to build Long Beach pride, I would like to hear feedback from each of you about your educational experience here,” said Superintendent David Weiss. “And as you go off to college and careers, I invite you to come back to tell us about your continued accomplishments.”
One of the most moving moments of the evening came at the end of the ceremony. The award recipients had been asked to name a teacher or staff member who had played a special role in his or her success, and each of these respected mentors was called up to the stage to receive a special round of applause.