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With the main level of the Farris Theatre full of family and friends on Monday, March 9, and the balcony still filling when the Richmond High School Academic Celebration & Jazz Concert began, the scene was set for an evening praising the academic efforts of students.
The evening kicked off with the RHS Jazz Band playing “Don’t Get Excited.” RHS Principal Karen Southwick extended a warm welcome to the audience.
Senior Erica McFarland and junior Janine Decker sang the National Anthem. They were followed by Superintendent Jim Robins who complimented the students on what they had achieved thus far and then asked them to consider what their goals were from this point forward.
The Jazz Band then played another selection, “Goodbye Pork Pie Hat,” and performed a number as a break between the individual grade level recognitions. They performed “Fire Ants” between the senior and junior awards, “G Box” between the junior and sophomore awards, and closed the evening with “Every Little Thing She Does.”
Southwick explained the awards prior to the presentations. Richmond High School sophomores, juniors and seniors are eligible for an Academic Letter each semester. Each student must accumulate 3.5 credits in that semester. Regular and weighted grading scales are used to figure these credits. Students must not have any grade below a “C” in that semester. Students must be in good standing as a school and community member in that semester. They must also have an A+ attendance criteria of 95 percent for that semester.
There are three levels of Academic Awards. Students earning a 4.0 and above GPA received a Chenille RHS Letter and a 4.0 medal. Students receiving a 3.5 – 3.99 GPA received a Chenille RHS Letter and a Gold Star. Those with a 3.0 – 3.49 GPA received a Chenille RHS Letter and a Silver Star.
Photo: RHS Jazz Band members Kate Sherman and Craig Strickler get their groove on as the band opens RHS Academic Recognition Night by playing “Don’t Get Excited.” (Photo by Brenda Jensen/The Daily News)