Awards Night aims to honor students

Giancarlo Castro

On May 29, 2019 Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School held its annual Senior Scholarship Awards Ceremony in the auditorium. The night started at 7 pm, honoring senior who had won scholarships through the local Scotch Plains-Fanwood Scholarship foundation.
Certain seniors received recognition for their outstanding achievements throughout their time in high school. Seniors Michael Dieu and Melanie Litwin received certificates for their titles as valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively. Drew Burdenfiedt also received an an award from Mayor Colleen Mahr for his accomplishment as Fanwood highest performing academic student for the class of 2019. Senior Jonathan Ramos also received a full-ride scholarship to Rutgers University for the next four years; tuition and housing covered under the 1960 Memorial Scholarship.
Both parents and students wore bright smiles on their faces as awards were handed out throughout the night. Although a long process, many students enjoyed seeing their families overjoyed that they were being celebrated for their achievements, both emotionally and financially.
“My mom was ecstatic that I’d earned a scholarship,” senior Caroline Nguyen said. “The night was long but seeing my mom’s face of happiness made it all worth it.”
The last financial award was handed to its recipient at 10 pm, making the event a three hour affair. By the end of the night, students left tired yet fulfilled that all of their efforts throughout their high school careers did not go unnoticed.
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