Awards Night Celebrates Senior Success Stories

As the 2015-16 school year comes to a close, Long Beach High School took the time to honor many seniors who have demonstrated exemplary efforts in academics, the arts, athletics, community service and other areas. Academic Awards Night, held on June 2, is an annual tradition that celebrates a range of accomplishments.

Hundreds of awards were presented, totaling more than $100,000, thanks to the generosity of local individuals, businesses and organizations. Family members and friends came out to applaud the honorees, as did the district’s many educators who have been dedicated to student learning and success.
The string ensemble and Soundwaves vocal ensemble provided musical entertainment, and seniors Anna Falvey, Alexandra Kapilian, Jonathan Kapilian and Max Tunney performed the national anthem. Board of Education President Roy Lester, Superintendent of Schools David Weiss, High School Acting Principal Dr. Francine Newman and Interim Guidance Coordinator Benedict Baglio welcomed all attendees with opening remarks.

Senior Raul Sebastian Vidal spoke on behalf of his class and summarized the many achievements that were earned throughout the year, and National Merit Winner Jonathan Kapilian addressed the audience as well.  
The Principal’s Leadership Award acknowledged Demi Amideneau, Andrew Garcia, Raul Sebastian Vidal as an exceptional role model for fellow students, and the accomplishments Jonathan Kapilian were recognized with the Principal’s Achievement Award.

Awards were presented to promising graduates from 15 high school departments, and an assortment of scholarships were provided on behalf of local PTAs, teachers’ associations, government offices, civic groups and businesses. Several recognitions were presented as memorials in honor of individuals who have touched many lives and left a lasting positive impact on the Long Beach School District and community.