This year's Mustang Awards Night was held at the Crossing Church, where the continuous murmurs of students, parents, and teachers filled the room. The chatter halted when Mr. Gall, one of Mesa's high school counselors, confirmed that he was ready to speak. Mr. Gall was the speaker of the ceremony. He read the compliments and heart-felt comments of teachers that provided an explanation of why they chose certain students to be awarded.
"Hard working", "diligent", "excellent", all of these words were used to describe the characters of many of the students awarded. All of the students were in grades 9 through 11, and each were recognized for their distinct work ethic and quality of mind. Different teachers looked for different aspects in their students. The department chair for Social Science Dr. Howell revealed that he looks for a student who "is not afraid to stand out and participate in class."
Students at the awards night felt honored to be recognized. Many won multiple awards, and some were surprised to have won anything at all. Trent Teague felt "pretty ecstatic" when he won the Mustang Award for Business, an award that he wasn't expecting to win. He revealed that this award was affirmation for his possible future career in business.
Not only did the students feel honored, but the parents did as well. Parents at the Mustang Awards Night couldn't hold their excitement as their child was honored for excellence. Especially for the father of a freshman student who won an award; he was relieved to say that "It feels good. She's a freshman. I hope she can continue."
Story by Joey Nguyen