Lawrence High School's best and brightest senior class members were honored Thursday night during the school's annual Scholarship Awards Ceremony.
"This is always a very happy occasion," LHS Principal Brad Tate told the seniors and their families. "It also is a very sad occasion. ... It's sad because we're not going to have them around much longer."
Tate praised all of the students gathered at the annual ceremony, saying it is one of the more outstanding classes he's seen in his 23 years as principal at the high school.
In a packed auditorium, school officials presented awards and scholarships that seniors have won.
Two seniors, Anne Murray and Lee Myers, were winners of Kansas State High School Activities Assn. awards that honored the students' achievements in the classroom and in athletics. Terry Wells, LHS activities director, said the two seniors exemplified good citizenship.
Murray plans to attend Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H. She hasn't determined a major. At LHS, Murray has been involved in clubs, activities and sports.
"I've been successful, as many other people have been, at Lawrence High," said Murray, 18.
Myers, also 18, next year plans to attend Washburn University in Topeka, where he'll major in secondary education, with an emphasis in science. He wants to coach high school football.
Where? "Lawrence, if at all possible," answered Myers, who played football and wrestled for LHS.
Both Murray and Myers praised the quality of the education they received at LHS.
Numerous students were honored Thursday night, including 17 art students who have earned more than $1 million in scholarships.
"I wish all of these talented representatives of Lawrence High School the best of luck," said art instructor Pat Nemchock. "They certainly have earned this recognition."