Cream of the crop

Ethelyn Martiz

The annual Viking awards, hosted at the Downey Theater on April 29, was a night of admiration as Mr. Houts honored diligent students for their hard work throughout the year.

“I was shocked that I was nominated but also grateful that the teachers nominated me in recognition of my achievements,” Christina Matthews said.

Mr. Glasser and Ms. Flores were the charismatic presenters for the evening that consisted of honoring 21 students with statues and various medal and pin winners as well.

“I was happy to get it and it’s nice that Downey has a night to recognize students who work hard in school,” Dora Alvarez said.

These awards were given to students that have proven to be truly remarkable by demonstrating character and excelling both inside and outside the classroom.

“The entire night was one I will never forget and I really just enjoyed being a part of it,” Sarah Lopez said.

The categories the Viking awards were given in included everything from Leadership and Fine Arts to Advanced College Prep Math. Highlights of the night consisted of several performances by the Jazz Choir, Fine Arts statue winner, Evan Miller’s acrobatic performance and Christine Tran taking home two Viking statues.

A Viking award nomination is a source of pride and everyone that night was a winner because they have surpassed the expectations of the teachers and proven to be a true Viking.