Shafana Mohammad, Editor

As the school year comes to a close, the season of banquets, awards, and graduation arrives. One particular ceremony, commonly known as the Honor Grad Ceremony, was held on Thursday, April 25 where students received cords that acknowledge these honors.

Based on the Latin Honors system, there are three distinctions of graduating with honors: Cum Laude (3.5-3.7 GPA), Magna Cum Laude (3.8-3.9 GPA), and Summa Cum Laude, the highest honor (4.0 or more GPA). Administration, teachers, students, and their families, gathered together in the KWC Auditorium to celebrate this achievement.

“Graduating with honors feels like an acknowledgement of how hard everyone has worked toward academic excellence throughout high school and it’s a great feeling to see it recognized like this,” said senior Priyanka Chandra.

Additionally, these are students were given the opportunity to choose a teacher that has made a positive impact in their academic life. Once a teacher is chosen, the teacher and student are photographed together.This framed picture is later given to the teacher to hang in their room.

“It’s an honor to be chosen as an Honor Grad teacher because you work with those students and form a bond with them and then you get to see them succeed and accomplish everything they’ve been working for and celebrate with them,” said English teacher Emily Padilla.

Check out our gallery of the Class of 2019 Honor Grad Ceremony by Jennifer Schmid.