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Kuuchut Grijalva is awarded "Crystal Tiger" for 2024!

     Kuuchut with Mr. DThe Crystal Tiger Award was presented to graduating senior Kuuchut Grijalva during the commencement exercises at Akron Schools on Friday, June 28, 2024.  The award is presented annually to a graduating ACS senior who, in the estimation of peers, faculty and administration, consistently exhibits the values of Akron High School.  Such values include integrity, respect, compassion and service to others.  Additionally, the Crystal Tiger Award recipient demonstrates intellectual competence, realizing academic potential through hard work and persistence.
     The honor, considered the highest recognition of character for a member of the graduating class, remains a secret until the graduation ceremony.  The announcement and presentation to Kuuchut drew enthusiastic applause from his classmates as well as the audience.  
     Sponsored by the Akron PTA, in addition to the special announcement made during the ceremony, the recipient receives a $1,000 cash prize, a Crystal Tiger Award plaque as a memento, and their name engraved with those who received the honor each year before them on the Crystal Tiger Award pedestal housed in the High School’s display case.  2024 marks the eighteenth year of the Crystal Tiger Award.
     The following is Kuuchut’s abbreviated profile as published in a recent Akron Bugle:
     Kuuchut Grijalva intends to begin trade school for the construction industry following graduation. Kuuchut was involved with the cross-country and track teams, chess club, and back stage crew for school musicals.
     He is one of the first Akron graduates to earn the Seal of Civic Readiness following the completion of his water project that included interviews with Akron’s mayor and chief of operations at the Akron Water System. He helped with the addition of new water filters to the school fountains and presented at the Environmental Fair.
     Kuuchut also attended the Senior to Senior Valentine’s Dance and volunteered at the snack bar during sporting events.
     Kuuchut’s response to “What I’ve learned…”
     “My experience at Akron High School, I would have to say, I had a pretty good experience. As a freshman, I learned and watched from example from the seniors and juniors. Going through high school, I always tried to be a good person by helping others and trying to involve other students. I also learned how to start conversations with adults and got more comfortable with socializing.
     “Another thing I learned to do is stop caring about what others think about me because you can’t let other people bring you down and I encourage that for other students.
     “I think that Akron has a lot of good teachers. When I first came to Akron, it was very welcoming and I know that Akron does a great job including everyone, especially my native culture.
     “I am very grateful for Akron and the people that work here. As a senior, I did my best to teach the underclassmen to be a good role model through my actions for the school. Through high school, I built good relationships with some of the teachers and staff.  I enjoyed talking with them, hearing and listening to their advice and wisdom for my future choices in my life. 
     “When I leave, I just wish the best for every student, staff, and teachers. I encourage every student to be the best version of themselves and to be a good person to everyone, and that nothing goes according to plan in life but that's what makes life interesting. Just be a nice and humble person because I believe if you do good for the world the world does good for you.”
     Other nominees for this coveted award included Maggie Middaugh and Dawson Stone. They were also recognized for their nomination during the graduation ceremony.