By Audrey Spencer
The Cove Herald
Awards Night was a moment of pride for many Copperas Cove underclassmen.
About a hundred students received awards recognizing their achievements in the classroom, such as in Advanced Placement courses in extracurricular and University Interscholastic League activities Tuesday evening in Lea Ledger Auditorium.
"The students sitting here tonight are putting in the time and effort to better themselves," said Richard Kirkpatrick, principal of Copperas Cove High School. "It's an honor to be here tonight as the principal with this many awards in the undergraduate class."
Students formed a line on the side of the stage, many dressed up for the event, to accept an envelope of awards from their class counselor as their names and achievements were announced.
Kyle Alexander, a junior, took home three awards for UIL District Math and Science, Pre-Advance Placement Pre-Calculus and English 3 Advance Placement achievements.
"It's really nice to be recognized by the administration for the hard work I put into my classes," he said. "I definitely put in a lot of work the whole year."
Kyle's brother, Ross Alexander, a freshman, also took home awards for UIL Spelling, Pre-AP Geometry and Pre-AP Spanish 1.
"It felt really good getting rewarded for my hard work through the year," said Ross. "I'm proud of myself."
The boys' mother, Lori Alexander, was proud of her sons accomplishments as well, and said she hopes her third and youngest son will get to cross the stage for similar accomplishments next year.
"They're working this hard while their dad's deployed," she said. "They've been good students ... their dad's not worried about them."
At the end of the ceremony, Kirkpatrick asked the students to stand and applaud their parents and family members for their support. The applause was peppered with "I love yous" shouted across the auditorium.
"Every educator in this room knows these students can't perform without backing at home," said Kirkpatrick. "Your support is what's guiding them and pushing them."
To freshman Mikayla Miller, the recognition is valuable.
"It means my teachers care about the work I put into my classes," she said, holding her award for professional communication. "I'm excited everybody was watching me and my teachers saw what I was doing in class."
Mikayla's mother, Leah Miller, was proud. "I see how hard she works at home, and she wants to succeed," she said.
Copperas Cove High School hosts the awards night every year to recognize students for their hard work. Teachers select individual students for course subject awards.
"Without someone patting them on the back, it's hard to stay focused," said Kirkpatrick. "Everybody likes to be told 'good job.'"
Kirkpatrick said Tuesday's turnout of family and friends was one of the largest he's seen since taking the reins at the high school three years ago.
The school also is populated by some of the most polite students Kirkpatrick said he has encountered.
"We have the most respectful students," he said. "They're well-behaved and well-mannered. It makes it very nice."
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