News provided by SPHS PTSA
On Friday, May 20, the South Pasadena High School PTSA held its first in-person Honorary Service Awards ceremony in three years.
The awards were hosted on campus in the SPHS main gym and the seventy-five attendees included teachers, staff, students and volunteers. All enjoyed lunch while the awards were handed out. PTSA volunteers transformed the gym to match the occasion. Flowers, balloons and giant mirrored letters spelling out SPHS created a festive atmosphere.
“I was thrilled when Principal Eldred gave us the green light to move forward with the in-person awards this year,” said Laura Morales, Honorary Service Awards Chair and former PTSA President from 2018-2020. “Our virtual awards held during the pandemic on ZOOM worked out great, but there is nothing like being together in person.”
The tradition of everyone keenly involved at SPHS from teachers, to administrations, to students, to parent volunteers going above and beyond in service to the school and the community that supports it was on grand display.
Those honored included:
Certificates of Appreciation:
Lulu Talesnick-Lopez, graduating senior.
PTSA Executive Board members Heidi Olguín and Peitty Chou
Honorary Service Awards:
English teacher Mr. Mark Afram
Drama teacher Mr. Nick Hoffa
Continuing Service Award:
Katie Clark, long-time PTA, Tiger Booster member and Girl Scout service unit leader
Christina Holmes, PTSA President
Suzie Wong, retiring SPHS Curriculum/Instruction Technician
Suzie Wong, retiring SPHS Curriculum/Instruction Technician who received a standing ovation from everyone present. Janet Wichman, SPHS Vice Principal, referred to Ms. Wong as “Superwoman”.
“Once again our amazing PTSA has outdone themselves by putting on a spectacular event honoring some very deserving individuals,” said new SPHS Principal Eldred. “I can’t thank them enough for their hospitality and generosity as well as taking the time to recognize multiple people who have contributed so much to our campus. PTSA really is an integral part of what we do here at South Pasadena High School.”