By Nathan Rolls
The Academic and Service Award Ceremony is a night dedicated to distributing awards to some of Salisbury’s most accomplished and determined students. What was once a presentation held during the school day at the end of the year, is now an event that family and friends look forward to attending. Mrs. Zapf, Salisbury High School’s administrative assistant for the school counseling program, and the person in charge of the Academic and Service Award Ceremony, was incredibly kind enough to answer a few questions regarding the ceremony.
This history behind the Academic and Service Award Ceremony, to my surprise, dates back all the way to 1965. Mrs. Zapf went into detail regarding the ceremony. “The awards ceremony has taken place annually since 1965. Initially, the presentation was held in an end-of-year student assembly during the school day. In the early 80s, however, the ceremony was moved to 7 PM to accommodate family and friends.” This means that the award ceremony just recently passed 50 consecutive years of occurrence.
On average, Mrs. Zapf receives a list of 45-50 invitees/recipients. She added that, “Each award has a set of criteria that provides guidelines on how a recipient is selected.” One of the aspects that Mrs. Zapf likes most is, “I like seeing our students recognized for their academic achievement, class leadership, sports and volunteer service to the Salisbury community.” The Academic and Service Award Ceremony will be held at 7 pm on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 in the Salisbury High School auditorium.