On Thursday May 30, there was excitement and pride in the air as Lejeune High School held its annual Academic Awards Ceremony and Scholars Reception at Marston Pavilion on Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune. The ceremony honored all of the hard work that students have put into their education by presenting awards, scholarships and announcing those who achieved the Lejeune Scholars awards.

The Lejeune Scholars Program recognizes LHS students who have completed a specified schedule of rigorous courses while maintaining a cumulative weighted GPA of 3.55 or higher. When a student is a scholar for all four of their years at Lejeune High School, they become a Lejeune Scholar and are presented a cord to wear with their graduation cap and gown.

This year’s hardworking Lejeune Scholars were seniors Jasmin Acosta, Joseph Bruno, Natalia Gonzales, Sydney Hassell, Desmond Johnson, Kylen Jones, Keegan McDonough, Nathan Perdue, Mercedes Rodriguez and Broden Wilhelmsen.

The seniors this year were not only Lejeune Scholars but also went above and beyond by earning $1,397,222 in scholarship money altogether. Some of the impressive scholarships accepted by the LHS seniors were Matthew Howard’s four year Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) Scholarship to North Carolina State University and Keegan McDonough’s four year Navy ROTC Marine Corps scholarship.

Junior Marshals, the top academic students in the junior class, were also recognized. Ten juniors were recognized for the honor.