- Princeton ISD
Top 10 luncheon recognizes graduates
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.
“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.
“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.”
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
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.”
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