Manoela Dos Santos – Mustangs Ahead Junior Associate Editor
(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- On Tuesday the 42nd Annual Golden Herald Awards were held at State College of Florida’s Neal Auditorium. Thousands of accomplished seniors graduate in Manatee County every year, but only a few are recognized for their service to the community.
In January, 12 LRHS seniors were nominated for the chance to interview for an award.
LRHS seniors Kaitlyn Marer’s and Noah Henry’s hard work paid off when they were announced winners at the award ceremony.
Marer was recognized for her achievements in Drama and Henry was winner of the Speech category.
LRHS English teacher and Golden Herald coordinator Candice Delazzer said Chloe Armentrout won for the category of music, but because she did not attend the ceremony, the award was presented to the runner-up.
Each winner received a trophy, medallion and a prize of $1500. Honorable mention winners received $300. In addition, they drew 3 names to receive scholarships – they gave away two $1000 scholarships and one $300 scholarship.
Marer was ecstatic after receiving her award, “Winning was honestly a complete shock, I did not see it coming. But I am really excited for this opportunity and to take what I learned from this experience to college.”
Students prepared for their formal interview with a panel of LRHS teachers before their official interview on April 6.
Delazzer helped seniors through the process, “It takes someone who is looking to serve others not just in school but in and around their community.
Each high school in the county nominated their most outstanding students for the chance to win a golden herald in one of the 16 categories.