Last week was a proud one for us as parents. Allison received a letter from her high school a few weeks ago saying that she had made the Honour Roll -- she had achieved 80 or above in eight subjects last year (Grade 9) -- and was invited to the Honour Awards night.
That event took place last Wednesday. Grandma offered to come and stay with Jonathan so that Richard and I could both attend with Allison. We arrived and started looking through the program. All the Honour Roll students were listed, and there was also a long list of special prizes and subject awards. There was Allison's name listed as one of the recipients of the Anne Spooner Award for attendance. "Did you miss any days last year?" we asked. She tapped her mouth with her finger and said calmly, "I don't think so." Then we looked through the other lists. "Allison -- your name is here for highest in Geography." She nodded. "And your name is here for highest in English." She nodded again, very matter-of-factly.
The evening unfolded just like a graduation ceremony; the only difference was the wide range of clothing worn by the students! Some were in the same jeans and running shoes it looked like they'd worn to school that day; some wore prom-worthy outfits; two boys even came in volleyball uniforms, complete with knee pads, having taken a break from their game to receive their awards.
It was exciting to see Allison called forward to receive her honours. (It doesn't matter if it's a kindergarten concert or a high school ceremony; as parents you still only have eyes for your own child!) Afterward we talked to her former teacher, Mr. Rob Switzer, who had taught both of the courses she received awards for, and he was happy to pose for a photo with her.
Allison is extremely quiet and humble about her accomplishments; in fact she often has a hard time believing that she is actually good at things, or that the things she is good at are worthwhile. So we are very proud to see her receive some well-deserved recognition for her achievements.