Posted On: Monday, May 23, 2011

The hard work and perseverance that has paid off in academic excellence for more than 180 sixth- through 12th-graders was honored at the 28th Annual Celebration of Excellence, held May 23 at the Civic Auditorium. The ceremony is the district’s way of honoring those high school and middle school students that managed to achieve a 4.0 or more GPA through three quarters this year.

Students received their academic excellence medals from School Board member and keynote speaker Betsy Bergen Shaughnessy - a 1965 LHS grad - and fellow Board members Edward Favre and Vice President John Kamkutis. Winners of nearly 50 scholarships awarded by the Lakewood Alumni Foundation and the Lakewood Leadership Team were also present. Special recognition was given to Lakewood High’s National Merit Finalists Brian Brink, Kevin Ritter and Carter Strong, National Merit Semifinalist Michael Pizzo and Commended Scholars, Charles Kemp, Anne Latsko and Bethany Zettler.

One of the most impressive parts of the evening is to hear of the post-graduation plans of many of our outstanding seniors. The choices for colleges and majors reflect the diversity of experiences that one may enjoy at Lakewood High. The many interests of our district’s most academically talented students include fields such as engineering, biotechnology, finance, information technology, art, pre-med and business among many. They will study at a wide variety of colleges, many with scholarships, such as Case Western Reserve University, Ohio University, Ohio State University, University of Akron, Kenyon College, Vassar College, Boston University, University of Michigan, University of Pittsburgh, Rochester Institute of Technology, Chicago Institute of Art to name only some.
Congratulations to all the academic award winners as well as the scholarship winners! To see a list of honorees, click here. To see photos from the evening, click

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