More than 500 high school students from throughout the Antelope Valley were honored recently for their academic achievements at the 15th annual 4.0 Student Recognition Celebration.

The event took place at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds and was presented by Friends of the Antelope Valley Fair and the Antelope Valley Fair Association.

“Together with the A.V. Fair Association, we are once again excited to celebrate the accomplishments of our local students who maintained a 4.0 and higher GPA throughout high school,” said Betty Smith, president of the Friends of the Antelope Valley Fair Association.

The event honored 560 seniors who will graduate with a cumulative 4.0 or higher grade point average from 12 local high schools, including Antelope Valley, Desert Christian, Eastside, Highland, Lancaster, Littlerock, Palmdale, Paraclete, Pete Knight, Quartz Hill, SOAR and the Palmdale Aerospace Academy.

Each student was recognized on-stage and presented with certificates from local dignitaries. Organizers said the ceremony reportedly represented the largest number of 4.0 students honored since the inception of the program in 2001