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(WATCH) NCSD honors ‘outstanding seniors,’ ‘significant educators’ with 2021 Academic Awards

Students outside of the Casper Events Center for the Natrona County High School 2020 graduation ceremony. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo —  The Natrona County School District has announced the educators and seniors honored 2021 Academic Awards, a “celebration of Natrona County’s outstanding seniors and significant educators,” the district announced Monday.

“A highly regarded tradition celebrating academic excellence in Natrona County, the Academic Awards Banquet recognizes the top 10% of academic achievers’ among all students graduating from the four high schools in Natrona County School District,” the release said.

The Academic Awards program also honors educators nominated by the students as having a “profound impact on their educational development,” said district spokesperson Tanya Southerland.

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“Student growth, high academic achievement, and positive influential adult-student relationships are foundational components contributing to the success of students, schools, and our community,” Southerland said.

Though there was no banquet this year, NCSD released a video celebrating the students and educators:

“This recognition of academic achievement began in the way best ideas do: with a group of individuals sharing their interests and support of each other and, in this case, their children,” Southerland said.

The Awards program was started in 1998 by collective group of parents with a shared interest in celebrating student success in athletics,  activities, and academics.

“The Natrona County School District sincerely appreciates the Academic Awards Committee, the Casper College Foundation, the Ellbogen Foundations, and the distinguished educators for their significant support and dedication to empowering every learner to grow, excel, and become successful contributors to our community,” Southerland said.