FELTON — Lake Forest School District will soon pick a new honoree for its prestigious Obsidian Spartan Award.
The award is given annually at the Lake Forest Community Celebration of African American History Month held in February in the high school auditorium.
This year’s event will be held Saturday, Feb. 18 starting at 6:30 p.m. Special performances will be offered by students from each school within the district to help celebrate African American History month.
“Seeing the student perform and all the talent we have in the district,” is one of Superintendent Dr. Brenda G. Wynder’s favorite parts of the event, she said.
But the spotlight is reserved for the Obsidian Spartan Awardee.
“Dating back thousands of years, the obsidian stone has been used in various cultures to create a wide variety of goods such as knife blades, spearheads, mirrors, sculptures, jewelry and even surgical scalpels. The uniqueness of obsidian is a result of its formation: through the rapid cooling of flowing volcanic lava, a strong and beautiful glass-like rock is formed. This rich historical value, and journey of transformation closely aligns to the development of the Obsidian Spartan Award for the Lake Forest School District,” Dr. Wynder said.
“Like the volcanic rock, The Lake Forest Obsidian Award recipient is a former or current Lake Forest employee that is unique, dedicated and inspiring. The transformation of obsidian from a liquid to a solid state is symbolic of the social change that we envision for current and future generations in our school district. As a liquid, the substance is perilous; but when transformed into a rock, the result is a solid entity birthed from diverse beginnings with the potential for a number of useful purposes.”
Recipients of the award are known for:
• Helping the students of Lake Forest focus on receiving quality education
• Helping the students in Lake Forest maximize their potential • Helping the students in Lake Forest become great citizens
• Being part of the solution to issues
• Being an encourager and motivator to staff and students
• Being a role model and someone that students can pattern their life after
A dinner precedes the event at 5:30 p.m. to support the scholarship fund of the Lake Forest Child Nutrition Employees. Dinner, if tickets are purchased before Feb. 10, is $8 per adult and $5 per child. If tickets are purchased at the door, dinner is $10 per adult and $7 per child. The menu includes fried chicken, ham, sweet potatoes, collard greens, macaroni and cheese, potato salad, cornbread, assorted pastries, fresh fruit and beverages.
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