MEXICO – Mexico High School students in grades nine through 12 were recently celebrated for their academic, social and athletic achievements throughout the 2017-18 school year.
The annual Mexico Academic Award Ceremony recognized each class comprised of students who have earned honors distinction, outstanding student status, athletic accolades and special area recognition.
During the Class of 2020 presentation, Principal Ryan Lanigan thanked the students for all of their hard work and their commitment to becoming the best that the Mexico Academy and Central School District has to offer.
The sophomore class as a whole is also the current holder of the school’s spirit stick and, for the second consecutive year, the group received the Kindest Class Award.
One student in particular, however, who stood out among the rest when it came to kindness was Hayden Andrews.
He was awarded a certificate of recognition from the MHS Friends of Rachel Club and a $25 gift certificate to a local business.
Lanigan said he was pleased that Andrews and several members of the Class of 2020 have gone beyond tolerance to acceptance of others.
Other recognition included students who earned merit, honor and high honor rolls for the first three quarters of the school year.
Lanigan was also proud that the sophomore class had the largest number of honors distinction awards out of all four MHS classes. He then challenged the class to have the highest percentage of graduates.
Individual awards were presented to students whose achievements in art, AVID, English, family and consumer science, foreign language, health, math, music, science, social studies, technology, physical education, athletics and JROTC.
Lt. Col. John Freda, who commands the JROTC program, said that despite its uniform-clad students, JROTC is purely about leadership.
A reflection of individual excellence, teamwork and relatability, he said, had earned Jordan Hamilton the privilege of leading the JROTC team throughout the 2018-19 school year.
Students were tasked with holding themselves to higher standards to be even more amazing students and humbling human beings. They cheered and applauded as Lanigan boasted of their bright future.
Similar daytime celebrations were held the same day, in honor of the classes of 2018, 2019 and 2021.