On May 7, the 46th annual Friendswood High School Academic Awards Banquet was held at the South Shore Harbor Resort to honor the top ranked students of each grade, UIL competition winners, and those who demonstrated mastery of specific skills. Over 500 students and guests attended.
“These classes have accomplished many things,” said Trish Hanks, Superintendent of the schools in FISD. “They are probably the most philanthropic group of students I’ve ever met.”
This event began in 1969, when it was organized by the Humanities Club and their sponsor, Mr. James Feuge. “I had another one of my radical, bright ideas,” Mr. Feuge recalls. “Athletes are honored at a special banquet. Why not honor our outstanding academic students who are diligently pursuing an education and excelling in the classrooms?”
Since 2006, this prestigious annual event has been one of the Parent-Teacher Organization’s major projects. Thanks to contributions from local businesses and parent involvement, the banquet is a special occasion for the students. This year, the valedictorian and salutatorian were also awarded $500 each.
“I think historically it’s a great event for Friendswood High School because we honor our students who have achieved not only academically, but in all areas of the high school experience, so it’s a great tradition that we have,” said Mark Griffon, Principal of Friendswood High School.
Only 53 students made the top 10% of the 2015 graduating class. “Being in the top 10% is honestly a harder accomplishment than it seems. It took years of work and long nights,” senior Nadia Posluszny said. “The people in the top 10% are honestly some of the smartest people I’ve ever met, and I’m extremely happy, yet kind of surprised, that I’m able to share this accomplishment with them.”
Since this year marks the 75th anniversary of the Friendswood schools, the decoration revolved around diamonds, and the entire room dazzled with Mustang blue and silver decorations. FHS’s Jazz Band entertained the guests before the dinner.
“The event was a great way to celebrate three years of hard work in academics.” junior Tyler Bandini said. “Both the venue and the food were great.”
The FHS Academic Awards Banquet is held near the end of each school year and is a deserved recognition of the students’ academic achievements.
Article submitted by FHS Journalism student Ashlyn Holt