San Pedro High hosted the first ever "Awards for Excellence Ceremony" on Friday, September 12, at Central Park. This was in connection with the September Celebrations. Town Board Councillor, Mr. Eiden Salazar, who is Commissioner for Culture, invited SPH to host a "High School Night"= and Principal Nuñez came up with the idea for the awards. Thirty awards were given as per by popular vote of the cheering audience. The categories ranged from Best Organization, to Best Store, to Best Street Worker, to Best Taxi Service, etc.
The idea of the program is to give public recognition for excellent service, to challenge and incite more competition and quality service and to motivate businesses, organizations and individuals for continued or improved service to the community in the future.
If this program was well received, SPH hopes to make it an annual event. The awards were signed by the High School and by the Office of the Mayor. Trophies could be given as recognition in the future. Also there need not be competition. For example, in the case where there is only one entity or business like the San Pedro Sun, an award may be given without other nominations. Comments are welcome through the newspaper.
All in all, a crowd of some four hundred enjoyed two hours of music, dancing and cheering for the nominees (90 in total) of the various organizations that qualified for the AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE. To have been nominated was an honour. To have won was a distinct honour.
Central Park was buzzing with activity last Friday night, September 12, when San Pedro High presented their first ever "Awards of Excellence". (See SPH column above for more details about the awards). The presentation began with entertainment by the San Pedro High New Combination Band and a presentation by Beatrice Usher on the importance of our National holidays. Master and Mistress of Ceremonies, Principal Angel Nuñez and Miss Willema Alamilla shared the microphone and introduced the nominees for the thirty categories to honoured. The winners were decided by audience applause. Each winner was awarded a beautiful certificate. The nominees and winners follow. The winner in each category is marked with an asterisk *:1. Best Service Organization