LIMA — Dozens of Lima Senior High School students were honored Wednesday night at the school district’s annual honors banquet.
“These are dedicated students to the academics and the culture that we’re trying to instill here,” said Lima Senior High School principal Fran Mort.
“This is a very important night for Lima City Schools because it’s an opportunity to recognize the many kids that come to school every day, do the right thing, maintain good grades, have honor roll status [and] excel in certain subject areas. Those kids that are coming here are just great kids, so we like to make it a really nice event for them with the linens and the dinner so we can show them how proud of them we are and also show the parents how appreciative we are of their support as parents for their children. All of these kids have been very successful. Many of them have been very successful all through their high school careers. A lot of the seniors have been here every year through high school,” said Lima Superintendent Jill Ackerman.
One lucky student drove off in a PT Cruiser, donated by Tom Ahl.
Students who turned 16 before April 1, maintained a 3.5 GPA all school year, had no absences, no tardiness and no discipline referrals were eligible for the car.
The winner was determined through a reverse raffle and the person left standing was Elizabeth Walter, a senior at Lima Senior High School.
“I’m so excited. I don’t have to pay for a car now,” said Walter.
She said winning the car came at a great time.
“I’ve got to find a way to go to college somehow, so I’m going to need a car for that. I really need this really bad,” she said.
“We’re really grateful to Tom Ahl for that because this is the second year in a row he’s donated a car for us to do this. The girl who won the car last year is this year’s valedictorian,” said Ackerman.
Mort says she’s proud of this year’s class.
“So many of our students are getting scholarships, both academic and athletic. They’re just a great class. We think we’re going to have over 200 students graduate this year,” said Mort.
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