More than 100 students were honored by their instructors for their performance and dedication in and out of class during an awards assembly at the Alice Campus of Coastal Bend College Wednesday.

Speech and Sociology Instructor Rev. John Fox was the guest speaker for the awards assembly and discussed with the audience why such an assembly is necessary.

“You may not understand this, but a lot of the faculty get frustrated,” Fox said. “We get frustrated because we are at that end of the year and the students kind of stopped coming and it takes something like this to get our drive going again.

“And so we are grateful for this opportunity to emphasize those students in our classes who have done well or exceptionally well.”

Fox also spoke about the unique students that CBC - Alice services, saying that it is a place to start and to grow.

“We teach special students,” he said. “They’re wonderful human beings, as good as any Harvard student. We simply have students from different backgrounds.

“We have students who come from many different backgrounds. They may be a 14-year-old who has just completed their sophomore year in high school and are starting as a dual credit student, so Coastal Bend is a place for them to start, or they may be some old grandma who finally said, ‘By God, I’m going back to school’ and goes back to school and gets a start again - a new start.”

Fox then led the audience in a cheer for Coastal Bend College assisted by students in his speech class.

Following the cheer, instructors handed out the awards in a variety of categories from academic achievement to perfect attendance. The categories were determined by the instructors themselves.

Five students were also named to the Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges during the awards assembly.