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Mayor Honors Outstanding High School Seniors

Thursday April 22, 2010

Individually, they represent 49 Louisville-area schools. Collectively, they are the cream of the crop of local graduating seniors.

Mayor Jerry Abramson is recognizing recipients of the annual Mayor’s Outstanding High School Seniors awards, sponsored by AT&T. Abramson will present the awards to the students this evening at a banquet in the Archibald Room of downtown’s Galt House Hotel, 140 North Fourth Street.

This year’s recipients include two students who emigrated from Africa, a student who has participated in missionary work in Nicaragua and Brazil, students who have volunteered in homeless shelters, with children suffering from moderate and severe disabilities and through providing burial services for the indigent, and several teenagers who have overcome personal adversity to excel in the classroom. The students, who represent virtually all of Louisville’s public and private high schools, include at least 14 National Honor Society members and 11 Governor’s Scholars. [Click here for photos and bios of the winners.]

“Each year, I am inspired by the stories that come with these awards,” Abramson said. “Many of these students have stood up to some extremely difficult challenges to become great students and role models. They deserve our thanks and best wishes for the future.”

The Outstanding High School Seniors Award began in the mid-1980s, and when Abramson took office in 1986, he expanded the program to include more schools. Each high school principal and guidance counselor in the city is asked to nominate a student for the award.

AT&T has partnered with the city of Louisville as a sponsor of the event in 20 of the last 22 years. During the 25-year history of the banquet, more than 1,350 students have been honored.