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Awards night broadcast reveals winners of over $115,000 in scholarships

Sometimes things don’t go according to plan so you have to create a back-up plan. And sometimes the back-up plan doesn’t work and you have to wing it.

Lake City High School’s 2020 awards night ceremony was one of those times.

State restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic took the annual event in the Lincoln High School auditorium off the table.

“We still had all of the awards, certificates, and scholarships to put together as a normal year,” said Lincoln High School Principal Greg Berge.

But instead of the auditorium event, they decided to pre-record the ceremony and release it on awards night, May 13.

“The big difference was the large slide show, embedding student photos, and getting videos from scholarship providers.”

They put them all together into a video presentation. Then the plan changed again.

“We had a glitch with the uploading of the original so we had to improvise and stream it live. This worked pretty well and we were then able to upload the original the following morning.”

About 340 slides revealed the winners of scholarship awards totaling over $115,000 and other student accomplishments. The 38 Socratic Challenge Scholars this year is a school record, Berge told the school board at its meeting Monday night. Forty-eight seniors graduating with honors is another school record, he said.

Scholarship value was way up year over year, according to Berge. Last year there was about $85,000 in scholarship awards. He recalled that number being around $50,000 when he became principal over a decade ago.

Berge said he was “glad that we were able to do this and still recognize the wonderful student accomplishments over this school year and the high school careers of our seniors.”

“I have heard all positive feedback.”

People can watch the entire one hour and 10 minute pre-recorded show at

Coverage of all this year’s awards can be found on pages 2, 3, and 8 of this issue. The Lake City Athletic Booster Club named its senior “dream team.” Those honorees can be found on the back page.


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