Hesperia High School recognized its top academic achievers during the school's annual 4.0 Academic Celebration Tuesday evening in the school gymnasium.


The facility, which was decorated with gold and black balloons, was packed with students, family members, counselors, teachers and district brass as ASB Vice President Joanna Flores and ASB Treasurer Melissa Nelson handed out 4.0 medallions. A dinner of pasta and salad prepared by Scorpy's Cafe was served buffet style with ASB leadership class students assisting.


According to principal Bob Schnebeck, 160 students who have maintained 4.0 or higher grade point averages over the last two semesters qualified for the honor. The school currently has about 1,900 students, he added.


"These students are special," Schnebeck said. "It is special to the young people tonight, and they're going to celebrate."


Schnebeck also encouraged the school's cream of the crop to let their hearts decide where they are headed in life.


"If you find something you like to do you're going to be passionate about it," he said.


Social studies teacher George Pineda, who served as guest speaker of the event, echoed Schnebeck's sentiment.


"Education will be the vehicle to take you where you're going in your life," Pineda said. "To be successful in life one needs the tools found in education. These tools will serve you well in life. Life requires problem solving. There will be some bumps along the way. Find something you love to do. The goal in life is to have a career, not a job. Learning should be a lifelong process."


Event sponsor Buck Goodspeed, who regularly supports high school events, also encouraged students to embrace life and education. The event was organized by vice principal of activities Alicia Bonnett, who also serves as the ASB director.