The Academy Awards At Auburn Adventist Academy

July 01, 2007 | Jondelle McGhee

Auburn Adventist Academy (AAA) recently held its seventh annual Academy Awards ceremony and banquet to honor students for leadership, academics and excellence in school programs.

The evening—complete with sparkling lights, a red carpet and a packed house—applauded more than 200 students.

"It is important to acknowledge individuals who have done well," said Deborah Turner, AAA registrar. "It is always good to have a goal to strive for, and we want to encourage our students to strive to higher heights."

The ceremony, held near the end of the school year, offered an opportunity for students to take a closer look at the many ways in which they have made their school year their own.

"I really enjoyed the awards show," said Amy Alderman of Enumclaw, Wash. "I liked being able to see my friends rewarded for all their hard work, and it was cool to see how involved students at AAA can get."

This year, the academy students nominated an individual from each class to receive the 2007 Caring Heart award. Recipients of this award included Marissa Masden, Kendra Woodbury, Kayla Niemann and Laura Hanes.

"The award ceremony was very positive," said Keith Hallam, principal. "It was a very visual way to see the large number of students who were recognized for their great performance. I am encouraged and proud of each of them."