Here is a reprint of a May 8, 2014 email from Principal Chad Gestson to Camelback Faculty, Staff and Community.

A huge thank you to everyone who attended and organized last night’s banquet .. what an amazing event!

We were able to recognize approximately 75 of our top graduating seniors, many of whom had family and friends in attendance to share in their recognition. As of yesterday, Camelback exceeded $3.6 million in scholarships .. our largest total ever. To give you an idea as to our growth, here are some stats

2011 – $1.1 million
2012 – $2.6 million
2013 – $3.3 million
2014 – $3.6 million and growing daily

As you may know, last spring, we decided to transform our Senior Honors and Awards night into a formal dinner/banquet. Last year, this event took place in the 2000 Commons. We ran out of room and food. This year, we held the banquet outside on the north side of the cafeteria with seating and food for approximately 400 people. It was a huge success.

Taking a risk that we will forget someone, we’d like to recognize the following people …

Thanks to Melissa Jackson for being the lead administrator over this event.

Organization – Barbara Rhodes, Coach Carbajal, Denise Hawkins, and all counselors for their help organizing the event

Funding – Julie Bourdo, her DECA students, and our Alumni Association for helping to fund this event

Customer Service – Myra Ronan, Cindee Badalamente, and the Camelback Ambassadors for taking care of greeting and escorting visitors

Food – We’d like to thank Coach Carbajal, his students, the CBHS Football team, and PUHSD’s food services for their help in preparing, serving, and bussing

Performance – We’d like to thank Kevin Hayward for running the sound, Denise for setting up (and taking down), and Jamie Johnston and her students (mainly her Jazz Band) for taking care of the performances

Set up and take down – We’d also like to thank Ian White, his crew, and (once again) the CBHS Football team for taking ownership of set up and take down

Childcare – We’d also like to thank Loretha Redpath and her childcare students for taking the lead on providing childcare

I’d also like to thank the 20-30 faculty members who stayed to present and recognize our seniors.

Happy Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week!