High School awards ceremonies are in full swing. While some students look forward to the occasion, recognition of their accomplishments is a big deal, others shy away. The event can feel awkward and even shameful; a reminder of their shortcomings.
Why not celebrate all students and their accomplishments, big or small. Of course the Honor students deserve praise, and we recognize the fact that while finding something to celebrate in every student may be a challenge, it also has it’s rewards. Pride and self confidence are huge stepping stones on the path to success. A little boost never hurt anyone.
Here are some ideas for school awards to recognize students at the end of the year:
- Participation in arts, music, language or other non-required classes that offered enrichment in some form.
- Participation in athletics, marching band, jazz or pep band, concert choir, dance line, cheer leading, or other extra-curricular activities.
- Students that scored well on assessment tests.
- Committee Volunteers; dance committee, yearbook staff, fund raising, charity groups, and pep club.
- Assistants in school; classroom and peer helpers, office runners, AV & Library assistants, or computer lab.
- Remarkable attendance
- Excellent GPA, or growth in their GPA.
- Excellent grades or effort in a particular subject; Math, Science, or Social Studies.
When rewarding students be sure to make it a special event. Awards banquets are a great place to give out awards. Or ask teachers and coaches to give out awards to their star students individually. Include a certificate if you can and be sure to tell the student why you appreciate them.
Make it extra special by giving them a fun gift in addition to the award itself. For example, a bag, drinkware, apparel or electronics item. This way each time the student uses their gift they’ll remember why they received it and feel proud and accomplished.
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