Senior Scholarship Night

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Long Beach High School’s auditorium stage was illuminated with pride on May 30, when 170 seniors were recognized for exemplary efforts in academics, the arts, athletics, community service and other areas. Senior Scholarship Night is an annual tradition that celebrates members of the graduating class and acknowledges their achievements with scholarship awards.

Hundreds of awards, totaling more than $112,000, were presented 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 Soundwaves vocal ensemble provided a musical interlude, and Shea McMahon performed the national anthem. Board of Education Trustee Tina Posterli, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jennifer Gallagher, High School Principal Jeffrey Myers and Coordinator of School Counseling Kerry Fallon welcomed all attendees with opening remarks. 

“In addition to being a celebration of individual accomplishments of our students, this evening is a recognition of our school community as a whole,” Mr. Myers said. “The success we are recognizing in our students is directly impacted by the social impact of others.”  

“The spirit of this community will be with you and will keep you grounded and strong,” Ms. Posterli told the students. “We’ve all seen what we can accomplish together, as evidenced by the aftermath of [Superstorm] Sandy, and now you are going to take that strength with you in the sense of being part of something so much greater.”  

Senior Class President Talia Fernandez addressed her peers and audience and summarized the many achievements that were earned throughout the year. 

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. 

“Long Beach is a community that supports our students and their education and does so with joy and energy, so thank you to all who are here tonight to support our kids,” said Dr. Gallagher. “To our soon-to-be graduates, I am so happy for you and so proud of you.”