HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - A room of parents and loved ones proudly watched more than 400 students recognized for academic success.
The Huntsville Alumnae chapter of Delta Sigma Theta's honors convocation recognizes public, private, and homeschooled students.
The students have to apply and gather letters of recommendation to prove they are leaders.
"We're honoring students that have earned A and B honor roll for the first semester," said chapter president Mychelle Leonard.
This year is a bit different, as the administrators of the three public school districts were also honored.
"It's vital for the three districts to work together and work with our community groups and churches to provide support for the students, and that's why we're here," said Madison County Schools superintendent Matt Massey.
Administrators agree it's important for students to get the 'pat on the back,' both on and off campus.
"It really shows we have a community committed to education, committed to working together to continue to propel our students to greatness," said Huntsville City Schools deputy superintendent Barbara Cooper.
"I was so impressed with the 4-year scholars, the kids who had such great grades all the way through," said Robby Parker, assistant superintendent for Madison City Schools. "The scholarship thy received today was outstanding."
Eighteen seniors maintained their grades, and participation in the event, since their freshman year. During the ceremony, they received thousands of scholarship dollars, sending a clear message to younger honorees.
"Stay focused, keep it moving and understand education is important," said Leonard.