For their efforts, the students were awarded an academic block P and stars to place on their letterman jackets. According to Barbara Saavedra, secretary to PHS principal David Stubbs, there were a total of 435 students that were qualified for the award out of the 1,600 population of students in the high school.
"We have been doing this here at the school for the last 12 years, and we feel that when our students really excel, they deserve to be recognized for what they are able to do academically," said Saavedra.
"These students are involved with a lot of different activities and not just school,” added Stubbs. “The fact that they are able to maintain at least a 3.5 GPA with all that they do is amazing, and it makes me very proud. They deserve to be recognized. That means that they are the best of the best here at Patterson High".
Art teacher and girls varsity soccer coach Cade Tomasegovich was the guest speaker for the program, providing words of encouragement and inspiration for the youth and their parents.
As the students came up one at a time to accept their Block P, the family and students greeted many of the qualified academic achievers with thunderous applause.
Randy Sawyer is a temporary writer and photographer for the Patterson Irrigator. He can be reached at RandySaw1@gvni.com.