The Mansfield ISD graduating seniors with the top grade point averages (GPAs) got to enjoy the fruits of their labor with a special banquet, and they were able to celebrate the occasion with the ones who have supported them along the way.
The top 10 scholars from the district’s traditional high schools—Lake Ridge High School, Legacy High School, Mansfield High School, Summit High School and Timberview High School—and the top five students from MISD’s Early College High School attended the Top Scholars and Distinguished Educators Banquet on Monday, May 16.
The students had the chance to invite family members to the event along with an MISD educator who made a big impact on the graduate’s life.
“It’s a very satisfying and rewarding feeling knowing that all the hard work I put in during the school year is going to be recognized,” said Jordon Drumgoole, a senior at Lake Ridge High School. “It’s a good feeling to know that you’re not in it by yourself—because when you’re staying up and studying, you feel like you’re by yourself—but you look around and it’s like all these people were doing the same thing I was.”
For the educators in attendance, it was a fulfilling experience to hear about the lasting mark they left on someone else’s life.
“I’m so happy because it validates how hard you work and also shows us that our hard work pays off,” said Yuliya Schmidt, a teacher at MISD’s Early College High School. “It makes us feel like we’re one family, and we’re working together to achieve one dream—the success of our students.”
The annual event is one that students and families now anticipate. District leaders said it is a great way to display what the MISD community already knows.
“Our faculty and staff love our students more than anything,” said deputy superintendent Dr. Sean Scott. “It’s a fun evening for us all to recognize each other and honor our graduates.”
The graduating seniors will be attending a variety of colleges and universities, ranging from Harvard and Yale to the University of Texas, Texas Christian University and military appointments to West Point and the U.S. Naval Academy.
MISD graduation ceremonies will be held May 26-28.