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Top 10 luncheon recognizes graduates

Braden Miller with parents and former teacher, Amy Johnson.

The students in the Top 10 for the Class of 2019 were honored for 12 years of hard work during the Top 10 Luncheon that recognized their significant achievement.

This event made its debut for the first time in 2018, and the new tradition took roots and carried on for this year under the coordination of Assistant Principal Lauren Stokes, who came up with the idea when she was involved in something similar at Frisco ISD.

Faith Gunther with parents and teacher, Maurice Lock.

“This is our second annual Top 10 Luncheon to honor the 10 graduates in the senior class with the highest GPAs,” Mrs. Stokes said.

According to Mrs. Stokes, the parents were invited as part of this special recognition because of the important support they offer throughout their student’s education.

The group gathered in the library for the luncheon catered by the PHS culinary arts program.

Honored students, parents and teachers enjoy Top 10 luncheon.

“The guests made their way through the delicious Italian buffet of salad, garlic bread and lasagna that Mrs. (Crystal) Telles' advanced culinary students made.”

In addition, the Top 10 students were asked to invite a teacher who made an impact on their life as an honorary guest.

“We recognize the fact that teachers have helped these kids get to this point,” Mrs. Stokes said. “They could invite anyone who taught them between kindergarten and senior year.”

Daniel Self with parents and teacher, Kyle Lamothe.

The Top 10 with their selected teacher include:

Melissa Avila and Bobby Weatherfood

Olivia Elsea and Brad Patterson

Charlye Guerrero and Brandon Brewer

Faith Gunther and Maurice Lock

Braden Miller and Amy Johnson

Noel Parra and Thomas Banschbach

Quindy Mel Salomante and Cedrik Seefeldt

Daniel Self and Kyle Lamothe

Mahia Sultana and Debra Brewer

Mohima Sultana and Debra Brewer

Melissa Avila with parents and teacher, Mr. Weatherford.

In addition to lunch and fellowship with their parents and teachers, the students got a little surprise, thanks to Bob McClure and his audio/video students.

Parents secretly visited PHS to record a message to their child, and the teachers also got a chance to say a few words about their Top 10 students for a video created in their honor.

“The video is one of my favorite moments of the luncheon because everyone in the room is hushed,” Mrs. Stokes said. “And the graduates' faces teeter between smiles and happy tears because they are touched by the sweet messages.”

The students weren’t the only ones getting a surprise, because they wrote letters to present to their teachers.

“At each teacher's place setting is a sealed envelope,” Mrs. Stokes said. “As people eat their way through conversation and good food, teachers are invited to open up their envelopes. Inside are letters written from their student, some typed, some handwritten, but it’s all about the impact that teacher made in the life of that graduate.”

Noel Parra with parents and retired teacher Thomas Banschbach.

IDs for parents pictured in photos with the student and their teacher:


Melissa Avila: Francisco and Maria Avila

Olivia Elsea: Rick and Janalyn Elsea

Faith Gunther: Daniel and Scarlett Gunther

Braden Miller: Ashley and Devin Miller

Noel Parra: Noel Parra and Imelda Javier

Quindy Salamante: Danilo Salomante

Daniel Self: Brad and Rachel Self

Olivia Elsea with parents and teacher Brad Patterson.