Seniors celebrate accomplishments with awards, breakfast


Lydia Sourichanh

Myles Howard snapchats his every move as he leaves his handprint on the Class of 2018 banner before the start of the Senior Breakfast and Awards Ceremony on June 6.

Maria Nguyen , Staff Reporter

The Class of 2018 packed into the cafeteria dressed in their senior gear and school colors for the annual Senior Breakfast and Awards Ceremony to gather together one last time before graduation.

The event not only celebrates the academic accomplishments of the senior class, it also shines a light on those who have served the Cleveland community and improved their grades throughout the year.

“It will bring us together for the last time before graduation,” said Jeidy Morales Gomez.

The morning began with a variety of breakfast foods and seniors laughing and reminiscing about their year.

The senior breakfast was started four years ago by media teacher Teresa Scribner and is sponsored by the PTSA, who also volunteers to serve the senior class.

“It’s important because it’s tradition,” said Kiera Bush. She has watched and waited as each senior class got their turn to be celebrated.

“We saw other seniors get to do this every year,” she said.

This year, there was a tie for the highest prize, the Principal’s Eagle Award of Merit. Ruth Mulugeta and Anthony Garcia were selected by Principal George Breland for best representing the school’s motto: Spirit, Unity, Progress. In total, more than 40 awards were handed out.

Cleveland’s alumni association awarded five scholarships valued at $3,000 a piece.

Before the awards began, seniors were invited to leave their handprints on a class banner. They later moved to Room 1201 for a college signing celebration and graduation caps decorating. The ideas ranged from outlandishly funny to more serious messages about finally leaving high school.

Even though the seniors are glad to finally be done, some admitted they would miss their friends, but others said they would miss some of the unique parts of being an Eagle.

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Principal Breland poses with Anthony Garcia, recipient of the Principal’s Eagle Award of Merit.

“Since I’ve been at Cleveland for four years, I’ll miss the schedule,” said A’treu Mountha.

Bush, who has bee

n at Cleveland for two years, said she’ll “miss the basketball team, the C

leveland community and the diversity.”

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PTSA vice president Connie So serves up some congee, an Asian rice porridge, during senior breakfast. The PSTA sponsored the event.
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Ruth Mulugeta, recipient of the Principal’s Eagle Award of Merit.
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Alexia Parmer signs her college commitment form during Signing Day on June 6. Parmer is attending Grand Canyon University in Arizona next fall.
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Elliott Hernandez Sebastian signs his name on the Class of 2018 banner.