Tigers show pride for academic achievement

By Stephanie Caputo, Staff Writer

It’s time to show your pride Tigers! Each year our school takes a week to celebrate student academic achievement. Throughout the week students will be receiving a number of prizes ranging from breakfast to ice cream sundaes.

Rewards are offered to students who not only achieve good grades, but make the best effort they can to succeed in their high school career.

Teachers and counselors alike will nominate students throughout the year who they think deserve to be recognized by the student body. In past years, the school has acknowledged over 700 students. This year’s selected week will be April 16 through 20.

Students will be nominated in a total of five categories: Turn around, Most Improved, Tiger Pride, Service, and Teacher Appreciation. The other two categories that students acknowledged for are outstanding attendance and G.P.A. of 3.75 and higher. Turn Around and G.P.A. acknowledge juniors and seniors only.

“We get to honor students that don’t usually get recognized a lot,” said Rachel Edwards, a coordinator of Tiger Pride Week.

During the week the school will have two spirit days where the students are able to dress up to show pride for the school. This year’s spirit days will be on Wednesday the 18 and Thursday the 19. Each day has its own theme: Wednesday will be college gear themed, while on Thursday students are encouraged to dress in their Tiger gear.

The school ends the week with the traditional Pride Week assembly at 9:11 a.m. on Friday. The assembly’s activities will consist of the traditional teacher vs. student “Brain Bowl” challenge, a vignette from Seussical the Musical, and music from our fine arts department. The school will also raffle off prizes to students while honoring the many academic achievements here. Students may receive tickets Monday through Thursday to be placed in the raffle. Prizes include gift cards, T-Shirts, and even movie tickets.

This week is becoming one of the most celebrated traditions at THS. We began Tiger Pride Week a few years back, and are so far one of the only schools that chooses to celebrate.

Principle Mark Neffendorf said, “We are a highly successful as an academic high school, and it’s important for students to recognize that.”

The week acknowledges and praises students for their hard work, while encouraging and motivating them to strive for academic excellence. In the years to come Tiger Pride Week will continue appreciating what makes our school among the best: Its students!