Over the course of two and a half hours (yes, 2.5, not a typo), awards were given out for academics, sports teams, scholarships, service awards, clubs and all manner of other things. Seniors who received an award were invited, and Julia was among them.
She received the Drama Club's service award for female in the fall musical. This we knew about from the Drama Club banquet a month or so ago.
The second one was for being a founding member in 2014, and four year leader, of the Get Fit Get Connected club. This is a weekly after school social club mixing typical kids and special needs kids for exercise (mainly walking the track and hiking the school grounds). They also hold outside of school events, such as movies, the local trampoline park and other things. Julia was a freshman when they started the club, and one of the few to consistently take part all four years. It was nice to have her recognized, and cool that they would do so in the midst of the sea of academic achievement that was most of the rest of the evening.
Some of the awards were impressive. We had an all-national violinist. Someone who got a full ride scholarship to Bucknell University (the school of her choice) worth ~$228,000. And perhaps most impressively, two students accepted to the United States Military Academy at West Point.
As a side benefit, Commencement will take 1.5 hours and not 4.