Awards of Excellence honors arts, academics
Receiving medals in the Academics category was the Class of 2016's Top 2% Graduates Stephen Jayakar ( valedictorian), Trevor O'Connor ( salutatorian), Addison Holcomb, Benjamin Monsour, Truman Thompson, Tony Wang, Jordan Wright, and Krisana Yuen.
Shai ann Davenport and Mitchell King were honored in the Art category, with samples of their work displayed throughout the venue.
Rachel Grant and Krisana Yuen received medals in Band from Director Louis Robinett. The two also performed "Suite for Four Equal Clarinets" by Stuart Smith.
At that first banquet, then-superintendent Dr. Henry Wheeler said the purpose is to "pay tribute to our best, our most talented, and to impress upon them that they each have a story to tell.”
Current LISD Superintendent Dr. James Wilcox said these honorees are "selected according to talent and ability" and "those making the selection of students were to keep excellence as the primary purpose."