Photos by Alicia Alderete
The PTSA honored students, staff and community members at the annual Honorary Service Award Luncheon Tuesday, May 14. Honorees were treated to a lunch buffet in the SPHS main gym while hearing speeches recognizing their contributions to the school district.
PTSA Executive Vice President Christina Holmes presided over the festivities, giving both flowers and certificates to honorees. SPHS staff members Casey Shotwell and Krista Gale presented an honorary service award to senior Sarah Uriarte, commending her involvement in Tiger Medicine and the health fair. Social Science teacher Maryann Nielsen personally awarded her spouse and Booster Club Bingo President David Zeiger for his efforts in running Bingo, while music instructor Howard Crawford recalled a humorous story about Music Booster volunteer and parent Helena Yee. PTSA members Kathleen Michel, Lynn Serwin, and Dean Serwin recognized PTSA treasurer Courtland Blake’s supportive nature and counselor Maria Long’s idea of incorporating the career readiness program Naviance into student curriculum.
“I didn’t know I would be recognized until that moment, and I felt very grateful,” Uriarte said. “I am very happy to hear that my time dedicated to SPHS has made an impact on the community, and that the PTSA, an organization of respected community figures, appreciates my contributions.”