David Spicer, junior class president and recipient of multiple awards, shakes hands with Assistant Principal Miguel Timarky during the Copperas Cove High School’s Awards Night on Tuesday at Lea Ledger Auditorium.

Friends and family members cheered Tuesday as Copperas Cove High School students were recognized for their achievements at Awards Night at Lea Ledger Auditorium.

“It’s important to validate their efforts and showcase the students anytime we can,” Principal Earl Parcell said. “It motivates them to succeed, and all kids want to succeed.”

Awards were presented by grade level and included Course Awards, based on performance and selected by teachers; UIL Academics Awards, for those who competed in academics at the regional level; and American Citizenship Awards, selected by committee.

Students received awards for more traditional core subjects, such as biology, mathematics and history, and specialized subjects, such as interior design, equine science and agriculture mechanics.

“I didn’t think I’d be getting an award,” said 11th-grader Antonio Loffredi, who received accolades for Video Game Design 2 and Problems and Solutions 1. “I feel pretty good about it.”

Loffredi was the first in his class to design a 3-D game and the first to design a functioning multi-player game. His future plans are to attend Full Sail University and eventually obtain a master’s degree in computer programming.

Tenth-grader Arianna Chaco received a UIL Academics Award in journalism for the second time this year. “I want to get my bachelor’s and master’s in mass communications and later work for a magazine,” Arianna said.

Teachers and parents joined in the celebration.

“I couldn’t be prouder,” said tenth-grade counselor John Avritt after the ceremony.

“One of the philosophies that I have is that I’m their parent at school for the year ... and I’m extremely proud of them just like any parent would be. We don’t often get to recognize our top students, so it’s nice to be able to take the time out to reward them.”

At the ceremony’s end, recognized students applauded parents for their help and support throughout the school year.

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