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Lakeside High School honored academics at its annual annual Awards Reception on Thursday, May 30. Principal Brent Osborn welcomed the near capacity crowd and shared what a privilege it was to work every day with such fine young men and women. The Valedictorian and Salutatorian were present to begin the festivities. This year, Lakeside has ten seniors who earned an Honor Cord to wear at graduation, meaning that they have a cumulative GPA of 3.8 or higher for seven semesters. In addition, eight students will wear a white cord that signifies Advanced Placement Distinction. Other categories to honor were: high SAT/ACT Scores (19 students), Washington State Honors Awards (nine students), Washington State Principal's Scholars Program (seven students), and the five Spokane Scholars from Lakeside High School.
The United States Air Force gave awards for Top Math and Top Science seniors; the United States Army gave a male and a female Scholar/Athlete Award; and the United States Marine Corps gave three awards, two students per award: Distinguished Athlete, Scholastic Excellence, and the Semper Fidelis Award for Musical Excellence. Each department in the school honored a student from each grade level who showed exceptional ablatives in the subject matter. For Athletics, the awardees of the Athena and Valhalla Awards were announced.
Recipients of three local Scholarships were announced during the Reception: The Kaylene Palaniuk; the Pat Chicoine and Bob Moriarty; and the Nine Mile Education Association. To end the evening, Mrs. Angela Spencer revealed that the 2013 graduating class had been offered $2,991,593 in scholarships! This is a record amount.