We always end our year with a special dinner and banquet to honor graduates and celebrate the year. It is the Banquete de Fin de Ano….or the End of the Year Banquet. We like to call it the EOYB. This year was a little different than years past.
We had it off site and made it really special. The tables were decorated, pictures were hung, music was played. The food was cooked at the Casa Verde by staff, but I promise you it looked and tasted as if professionals had made it. Elsa and Rada… it was amazing.
The night was emceed by Nathan and one of our top students leaders, Tamara. They kept the night running smoothly. They also bring lots of humor to the event. Each year we have Pozopremios...or superlatives. They range from the silliest thing done all year and who loves their phone the most to best couple and most likely to be at the casa verde at any time. It always brings laughter and smiles to the event.
We also announce the service award for the year. This year it was a student named Andrea. If you have read emails or posts before this one, you have either seen her photos or read her name. She is our worship leader at events, in leadership, helps with community service projects, always willing to step up and help, and went on our annual spring break mission trip to Acuna to build houses. She is amazing..and if you come to the golf tournament on July 8th in Atlanta or 9th in Gallatin you will get to meet her!
To bring the night to a different level, Courtney created these amazing slideshows of the year. She also made videos for the seniors. As they were announced and came up to the front of the room to speak, a video of photos of them and a staff member’s voice talking about that person played on the big screen. It sure did add such an extra specialness to the evening.
After the banquet, we added an after party which turned out really fun. We set up a photo booth with props for students to pose with. Also the students went through all the photos on the wall and on tables to take home. There was music, dancing, and just plain celebrating.
It was definitely a year worth celebrating.