Awards of Excellence honors arts, academics

Each presentation of medals was accompanied by a creative arts performance by Longview High School students.

Receiving medals in the Academics category was the Class of 2016's Top 2% Graduates Stephen Jayakar ( valedictorian), Trevor O'Connor ( salutatorian), Addison Holcomb, Benjamin Monsour, Truman Thompson, Tony Wang, Jordan Wright, and Krisana Yuen.

Shai ann Davenport and Mitchell King were honored in the Art category, with samples of their work displayed throughout the venue. 

Rachel Grant and Krisana Yuen received medals in Band from Director Louis Robinett. The two also performed "Suite for Four Equal Clarinets" by Stuart Smith.
James Babbitt and Faith Noe were honored in the Choir category, with Faith performing "Romance" by Debussy and James performing "Vittorio Mio Core" by Carissimi.
Emily Araiza was recognized for her journalism work in the Communications category.
Alexa Blair received a medal in the Dance category. Earlier in the evening she demonstrated her talents with a live dance performance.
In the Orchestra category, Uwa Ihionkhan, Stephen Jayakar, Alyson and Robyn Roper were honored. During the ceremony the quartet performed "Palladio." 
Nathan Williams rounded out the evening's honors by receiving the medal in Theatre. He also gave a performance of "Salieri" from the play  Amadeus.
Established in 1976, the event honors the most outstanding senior students in the arts and academics.

At that first banquet, then-superintendent Dr. Henry Wheeler said the purpose is to "pay tribute to our best, our most talented, and to impress upon them that they each have a story to tell.”

Current LISD Superintendent Dr. James Wilcox said these honorees are "selected according to talent and ability" and "those making the selection of students were to keep excellence as the primary purpose."
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