Take Two Academy’s seniors celebrated their hard-won achievements at an award ceremony this week.
“It’s an overview of the entire year to recognize the kids for their academic achievements, their personal achievements and just kind of a way to reward them,” Take Two Director Lori  Bell said. “It’s a way we say ‘thanks for being here with us and sharing your life with us.”
Two students received the Sunrise Rotary Scholarship, which provides $500 per semester for two years for higher education. The students spoke at a recent Rotary meeting, sharing their stories and plans for the future, before they were recognized for their achievements.
Other students were recognized for everything from exceptional grades,  achievements in specific subjects, participation in activities like Take Two’s Girl Scout troop to leadership skills.
One of the most popular additions to Take Two has been the Cooking with a Twist class. The program was introduced last year, but this year Take Two was able to up the number of classes available. Bell said the program has taken off, as students queue up for a chance to try it out. Emily Leahey, a nutritionist with Mercy Hospital, teaches the class once every two weeks.
“She puts a healthy twist on recipes,” Bell said. “She does a really nice job. This year, she made cookbooks for them to take with them.”
Students in the class learn every step of cooking a healthy dish, from food prep to washing the dishes afterward. English teacher Darrah Birth said the cooking class became an incentive for students.
“You can only do four at a time, so they were constantly asking,” Birth said. “It’s based on attendance, grades and recommendations from teachers. They really look forward to it.”
Other students were recognized for their accomplishments in Fast Track online courses. Matthew Massey, a graduating senior, was recognized for completing 20 fast track online courses in a school year, more than any other previous student.
“Usually, the most they achieve is maybe five, which is equal to 2.5 credits,” Bell said. “Matthew went above and beyond.”