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The annual senior awards ceremony is a time to celebrate the accomplishments of the senior class. It is the indicator that the seniors’ time at Gilmour is winding down and that the junior class will assume the role as school leaders. This year’s ceremony highlighted several award winners while congratulating the entire senior class for four years of hard work and dedication. Some of the winners included Beth Beam (`09) who came away with nine awards including Valedictorian of the class. Victoria Lopez-Aldazabal (`09) was named the Salutatorian. Beam (`09) comments, “Winning an award feels like compensation for the extra hours spent studying and putting finishing touches on homework. But regardless of official honors, celebrating everyday successes is what makes it possible to persevere–the true indicator of success which Mr. Horgan identified in his closing comments.” Beam’s hard work has paid off and has earned a scholarship to attend Duke University this coming fall.

Winning an award feels like compensation for the extra hours spent studying and putting finishing touches on homework.

Other seniors winning multiple awards include Jamie Austin (`09), Megan Schaefer (`09), Austin Barnett (`09), and Jessica Vorobel (`09). Erick Ware (`08) won the Br. James O’Donnell Campus Residency Award. Ware states, “It’s fantastic. It’s cool. It will help me out with a job in college if I want to be a RA.” Winning the prestigious Gilmour trophies were John King (`09) and Alyssa Brigeman (`09). The Gilmour trophies are given to the students who personify a Gilmour education. King (`09) states, “I was definitely surprised, and it is an honor to receive. It will be something that I can look back on years from now.”

It will be something that I can look back on years from now.

Kelsey Cesar (`09) and Rachel Kirsch (`09) both recieved The Lance award for their work on the school newspaper. Cesar (`09)comments, “It was gratifying, especially with our parents there to see our hard work finally pay off as senior year is coming to a close.” Kirsch (`09) adds, “My parents were so proud of our success.”

This was a day for all seniors and their families. The next mark of success comes on May 24: diplomas.