Renaissance first semester awards gets interactive

The “Nightmare Before Christmas” themed event gives awards and engages students in ‘academic rally’


Tucker Bynum

CHS Freshmen awarded at the Renaissance Awards Rally on Dec. 2.

Colton, CA—Colton’s Renaissance tried something different at their first semester all-school awards. 

“It’s an academic rally,” said Activities Director Alexandra Buskirk. “We’re cheering each other.”

Colton’s academic and behavioral standouts were placed front and center on Friday at the Renaissance Winter Awards ceremony, which were held throughout the day in the Tom Rivera Multipurpose Room.

The event was a thematic interactive experience tied around the Tim Burton seasonal classic “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” At the assembly, students participated in games along with award acknowledgements for students in all grade levels.

Awards being presented were Student of the Month and PBIS awards. Medals were given to students receiving PBIS awards, and students of the month were given an exclusive lanyard.

Due to capacity issues in the Rivera, four assemblies were held for each of the grade levels during periods 1, 2, 3, and 5. Last week, students and families were notified of the event. Parents were given the opportunity to come during school hours to attend the awards ceremony in support of their student scholars.

Before the awards presentations, students played a “Nightmare Before Christmas” trivia game using the Kahoot! app. Between awards there were two more Kahoot! games. In addition to the interactive trivia, students also played games like “Pin the Nose on Zero” and cup stacking.

Winners received a water bottle and a bag of goodies.

Getting awarded meant a lot to Colton’s students. One senior, Olivia Navarro shared, “It’s my first time getting an award in my years of high school, and it feels good because I’ve been recognized and accomplished something.”