Friday, May 2, 2014

Worth the wait.

I had to skip my women's group last night for Seniors Honors Night, held on the basketball court of the local college. We bypassed the reception, but the awards ceremony itself lasted a mind-numbing two hours and twenty minutes. I stared at the giant eagle coming in for the kill, read a book on my iPad and shifted uncomfortably in my metal folding chair as we slogged our way through $500 dollar scholarships from insurance agencies and best cosmetology student awards. There were moments of hilarity. For me, anyway - I saw no one else looking remotely amused when the former beauty queen fumbled her way through an excessively long speech about the "Fairest of the Fair Scholarship," awarded to this year's pageant queen who qualified by winning the title at the County Fair, doing community service, and maintaining a 2.0 GPA. The honoree teetered up in outrageously high heels, her pageant sash and a tiara and the two hugged several times, careful not to muss their hair.
But I was there for this moment. Mentions for Beta Club, four years on the honor roll, good scores on all his AP exams, top PSAT score, student of the year nominee. Best of all, his high honors stole and medal to be worn at graduation in a couple of weeks for his 4.35 GPA. I'm a wee bit proud of that kid.

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  1. ....and so you should be!!
    Congratulations to you!!
    *and what a tip to sneak in an electronic reader :)

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    1. Thanks! And I am always glad when I bring along my ereader!

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  2. Excellent idea for the E-reader. Appalling how slow these ceremonies are for the onlookers, but not for the kids.
    Well done to your son!
    XO
    WWW

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    1. Actually, I think a lot of the kids were bored, too! But they enthusiastically cheered for each other, which was nice.

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  3. I just left a comment, but it vanished when I hit the publish button, so here's my comment again...

    "But I was there for this moment. Mentions for Beta Club, four years on the honor roll, good scores on all his AP exams, top PSAT score, student of the year nominee. Best of all, his high honors stole and medal to be worn at graduation in a couple of weeks for his 4.35 GPA. "

    *thunderous applause*

    BRAVO!!!!!! And I bet you WERE proud! And yes, definitely worth the wait :)

    What a cool picture of the eagle on the wall!

    X




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    1. That's weird! I guess Blogger was having a fit. And thank you!

      I thought it was cool that the eagle was painted behind the bars so it looked like it was zooming in from outside.

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  4. I think you should be more than a wee bit proud of him!!! WTG to your son; wonderful achievements! Honestly, I dreaded the kids' graduation (aren't I awful?) But its that 15 seconds of fame for them and you sit through the rest of the time just waiting. Award ceremonies are about the same thing :)

    Your son will do great things!

    betty

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    1. I am exceedingly proud. But I think I'll bring the ereader to graduation, too!

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  5. Wow, I read that 4.35 GPA is quite exceptional. A pretty smart kid!

    Two hours and twenty minutes to do the business, that's crazy. Good job you had your electronic library with you.

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    1. 4.0 is all A's, but if you take AP classes (which get you university credit), those add to the overall GPA.

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  6. ah i can see why....smiles....time flies eh? and good job on you mama getting him to graduation as well....4.35, oh my...ha

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    1. Time whips by in a frightening way, that's for sure.

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  7. Congrats to your son!

    Speaking of GPAs, our high school athletes need to maintain a stellar 1.77 to compete.

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    1. So they could make all D's and C's and still play? That's nuts.

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  8. Congratulations! Those award ceremonies are truly painful. Wishing your son all the best in his future studies.

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    1. Thanks! I'm betting he'll tackle college the same way he did high school.

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  9. Congratulations to your son, fine job.

    Where is he planning for university?

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    1. He got a scholarship to the university here, and they have a good mechanical engineering program.

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  10. I had chills reading about all that he accomplished.....way to go!

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  11. That’s the problem. Too many others (all of them boring) get awards.
    Congratulations on having a fine sprog and congratulations to the sprog.

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    1. I had to google sprog. Never heard that one before!

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  12. Nice. Congratulations to you both!

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  13. That eagle is a bit disturbing. I'm not sure I could stand to look at it for long.
    Isn't it great to see kids do so well? Obviously he is a hard worker and a smart guy. Both of you should be very happy and proud.

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  14. Congratulations proud mother!

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