D51's high achieving seniors awarded at luncheon

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. District 51's class of 2014 is getting ready to take on the world as one of the highest achieving classes yet.

125 students received awards at the annual superintendent's luncheon Thursday morning at Two Rivers Convention Center.

"This is a special lunch that was established almost ten years ago to just really recognize those kids who go above and beyond and who really excel in our district," said Christy McGee, District 51 spokesperson.

That's the highest number of students to ever qualify with cumulative grade point averages of 4.0 or better.

Families, administrators from the six high schools and District 51's superintendent celebrated the achievement with the students.

Each student had the opportunity to walk across the stage to receive a plaque, while a school representative shared the student's favorite high school memory and plans for after high school.

"Especially for these kids, they're getting ready to graduate and go off and pursue their future plans," McGee said. "We're really excited for that for them, but we get this one last chance to sit with them and celebrate them and the work that they've accomplished in our system."

District 51 alum Cindy Parseghian gave the keynote speech.

Graduation ceremonies are the week of May 12.

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