“We’re the best of the best,” Blue Springs Superintendent Paul Kinder said to the parents and students in attendance at the Senior Academic Awards Banquet at Blue Springs High School. “We lead Missouri in test scores for the past 3 years and are part of the top 1 percent in the nation.”

The 30th annual Senior Academics Awards Banquet was held at Blue Springs High School Tuesday night. One-hundred fifty nine Blue Springs High School seniors were honored at the banquet and all seven Blue Springs Board of Education members were also in attendance to present academic packets consisting of a certificate of achievement and honor pin for each senior.

In order to be part of the school’s 2014 Academic Hall of Fame, students had to either earn a “3,” “4,” or “5” on their advanced placement exam, a Bright Flight scholarship, a National Merit Scholarship or become a finalist, or be one of the top 100 students in the state. Forty-five of the BSHS seniors recognized at the banquet earned a 4.0 GPA or higher.

The Blue Springs School District will also recognize a total of 1,500 students, from freshmen to juniors who have earned a 3.5 grade point average or higher, as part of their “Accent on Academics” week that is underway.

This was Kinder’s last academic banquet at the high school as superintendent, and the second class who have been with him their entire K-12 education.

“Live life on your own terms,” said BSHS Advanced Literature teacher Sara Crump to the seniors. “Cherish this part of your history and never forget that you will always be a Wildcat.”

“In the next few months this will be the end of your journey,” said guest parent speaker Kim Parrish. “Take these lessons, keep striving and anticipate what’s next.”