Academic Lettering Ceremony

Students receive a letter for their academic achievements

Katie Bullock, Editor-in-chief

Students who obtained a GPA of 3.75 or higher during the 2015-2016 school year were recognized with an academic letter in the Winnetonka auditorium on Tuesday, Oct. 25.

“I think that anytime you can recognize kids you have to take advantage of it,” assistant principal and activities director David Garrison said.

The ceremony was prefaced by a school-provided breakfast of cinnamon rolls, muffins, orange juice, and coffee.

“I think [providing breakfast] just makes it a little more special, and signifies how important it is,” Garrison said.

Letters went out to students in September, inviting them and their parents to attend the ceremony, where 61 sophomores, 42 juniors, and 32 seniors were presented with their academic letters.

“I worked so hard to get that letter and for me to actually have it in my hand and be able to put it on  my letter jacket is amazing,” said sophomore Savannah Brown, who received her first academic letter. “Recognizing students gives them the initiative to go that extra mile and get a better GPA.”

Garrison believes that it is important to recognize student achievements, which is what motivated the formal celebration.

“I’m just very proud of [the students],” Garrison said. “I hope they can take great Tonka pride in it.”