POUGHKEEPSIE – Wednesday ceremonies at Poughkeepsie High School’s gym honored students for their academic, community and athletic achievements.
On this festive day, the National Honor Society inducted 56 members during an afternoon event. That evening, PHS hosted its annual Scholarships and Awards ceremony.
For Principal Kelleyann Royce-Giron the ceremonies brought joy and tears.
“The NHS ceremony was the climax of a lot of work I physically saw throughout the year – including the hours of community service the young people put in,” Royce-Giron said. “I’m so proud of how they represented themselves and Poughkeepsie High School.
NHS inductees adhere to the values of scholarship, service, leadership and character.
“As I heard the officers speak to these pillars I was in a space of reflection on how they fulfill them but also on my work and how these inductees will be role models of that work,” Royce-Giron said. During the Scholarship and Awards Ceremony, 103 awards and 33 scholarships were handed out.
“For me, especially this past year, I could give an award to everyone. They all get the resilience award,” Royce-Giron said, adding that students went through the challenges of the school year during a pandemic and “came out stronger for it on the other side.” Awards and scholarships were given for honor graduates (those with a 90 or higher GPA), Service, English, Social Studies, Math, Science, Art, Music, academics and 10 from the Poughkeepsie Public School Teachers’ Association.
It should be noted that there were 13 more NHS inductees and 15 more awards given out this year versus 2020.