"We are so lucky and blessed, to have such a great community that supports us," Clay City High School Principal Jeff Bell said.
He read two letters to the crowd, one from a representative of the Martinsville Police Department and the other from the principal of Jac-Cen-Del.
"I was so impressed with the positive reinforcement of your crowd and the continued support towards your players that even before the game began they were considered winners," Bell read from the letter of the Martinsville Police Department. "If class counted at the end of the day, you guys would've been cutting down the net."
After parts of the second letter were read to the quiet room, Bell looked at the students as parents and faculty gathered.
"I cannot express to you how truly special it was to receive these letters and know the integrity of our community," he said. "These letters speak the truth, we are winners."
Those in attendance also listened to Bill Siderewicz, former Martinsville High School Football Coach and member of the Indiana Football Hall of Fame as he spoke about the "honor package."
"If you have the opportunity take it," he said. "Be proud of your accomplishments, preserve, discipline, passion, information and opportunity. You already made it this far, keep pushing yourself."
Meghan Shidler, branch manager at First Financial Bank and alumna of Clay City High School, presented the Academic All-Star Plaque to Bell as well as awarding the Greenwell Scholarships to Levi Seymour and Orry Heffner.
Freshmen students with a 3.8 GPA or higher included Treia Buis, Kendall Fowler, Danielle Gossage, Alexandra Miller, Carmela Roeschlein, Kole Smith, Alexa Souder and Miranda Vazquez.
Sophomore students with a 3.7 GPA or higher included Caroline Beyers, Kacie Fritz, Miranda Ingram, Logan Moss and Lindsay Vencel.
Junior students with a 3.6 GPA or higher included Areyna Ault, Lindsey Reece, Sarah Tobias and Taylor Walden.
Senior students with a 3.5 GPA or higher included Helen Contis, Nikita Hayes, Orry Heffner, Colon Johnson, William Kennedy, Hunter Lavoine, Marrae McKittrick, Joseph Pine, Courtney Rundel, Levi Seymour, Sarah Vencel and Colleen Wiley.
"I encourage all of you to continue to make the best of each day," Bell said in closing.