Something really awesome has happened to me within the past few years. I'm starting to have former students of mine attend Workshop. When I see their names on the registration lists, it makes me exponentially more excited. This year, Morgan and Andrea from Lux came.
|Getting ready to head down to the banquet|
|Two of the nicest, smartest, most talented girls you'll ever meet!|
We always arrive early to the banquet to get pictures of our co-ops.
|The Mango men|
|The Mango ladies|
|The Mango JAMers|
|Our Mango family|
|All of the JAMers|
|Our amazing JAM Staff family|
At dinner, I had the privilege of sitting at the boy end of the table with these fine gentlemen:
The 50th anniversary roses provided for some fun photo opportunities. I suspect they'll soon be used as Facebook profile pictures.
At the banquet, I was fortunate enough to engage in some very enlightening conversations about sports, girls, crushes, girls, future high schools, sports, and girls. Oh, to be 13 again. No, thank you.
Although the awards ceremony is boring for most of the students, it has become one of the week's highlights for me. Because it was our 50th anniversary, staffers from years past were invited back for a reunion. These were some of the pioneers of Workshop and NASC, and I felt humbled just to be in their presence.
The finale of the evening is always the Lux Award, which is the highest honor that NASC can bestow upon one of its staff members. This year, the award went to Amy Batten, a good friend and mentor of mine.
Well-deserved and long overdue if you ask me. I only regret that I didn't have a better camera with which to capture this moment.