Honors banquet draws crowd
Baldwin High School celebrated its 27th-annual honors banquet Monday night in the BHS gymnasium. A total of 187 students were honored at the banquet for maintaining a grade point average of at least 3.0 or higher for each semester. The students and their families enjoyed an Italian meal that was served to them by Baldwin Junior High School students, who earned a pizza party for their work.
"I thought it was a very successful event," BHS Principal Shaun Moseman said. "We have a high number of parents and students that came to the banquet. It's a great way to honor kids who have worked hard throughout the year and their school career."
Baker University President Pat Long was the keynote speaker at the banquet. She is the first female president in Baker's 150 years of education. After Long's speech, the BHS choir entertained the crowd with a few songs. Then the awards and honors were handed out to the students.
The banquet has been held in early May during previous years, but was moved to March this year. Moseman said it was nice to hold the banquet during a time that is much less busy.
"We tried to bring it back a bit, because May is a busy month with all kinds of activities going on," Moseman said. "We tried to move it back to a month, when there isn't as much going on. We used to figure the grades by quarters, but we don't anymore, because we do it by semesters. So, we didn't have to wait for the third quarter to end to get our numbers."
BHS has three levels of honor roll, all of which make students eligible to be at the honor banquet. There is the honor roll (3.0 3.49 GPA), Bulldog honor roll (3.5 3.99 GPA) and Principal honor roll (4.0 GPA).
Before last year's banquet the level of requirement was lowered from 3.5 to a 3.0 GPA. Nearly 22 more students qualified for the honor banquet than last year and 105 more than two years ago.