Shenandoah County Public School recently honored twenty-five Shenandoah Scholars and the valedictorian and salutatorian from the County's three high schools. Shenandoah Scholars are recognized not only for their academic records but also for their character, leadership, and community service. The salutatorian and the valedictorian are determined by averaging grades on all high school courses taken through the fifth six weeks of the senior year.
The annual awards luncheon for students and their guests was held at Triplett Tech on May 18, 2012. Each Shenandoah Scholar received a $1000 scholarship from the Shenandoah Community Foundation. From the Earle J. Schlarb Scholarship Trust, each salutatorian was awarded a $1500 scholarship, and each valedictorian received a $2500 scholarship
Dr. B. Keith Rowland, Superintendent, congratulated the students and said to them, "Today is a time for the school, the school division and the community to recognize and celebrate the choices, and sacrifices, you have made. What should make you and those closest to you the most proud is not the actual honor bestowed on you today, but what you had to do to attain this honor. As Ralph Waldo Emerson said, 'The reward of something well done is to have done it. Any recognition you receive is just the icing on the cake, not to be expected but definitely to be enjoyed.' “
Dr. Rowland challenged the students “not to rest on what you have accomplished so far but to continue to strive toward even loftier goals."