Esperance Senior High School celebrated the hard work of its Year 11 and 12 students at an annual prize night at the Esperance Civic Centre on November 27.
High performing students were presented with subject and citizenship awards, and graduates were honoured in front of a crowd of their peers, families and teachers.
Principal Ken Duffy said it was tremendous to see over 100 students attend, as some students had already begun working or moved out of home.
"You can see how proud they are walking across that stage, particularly the kids who never thought they'd get there," Mr Duffy said.
"I know the kids really well and I know what obstacles they've had to overcome."
Mr Duffy said the night was about celebrating each students' achievement of their personal best and commitment to their community.
"It is my belief that people should be praised for the effort they put in and not the talents that they have," he said.
"You've got to get across to kids that it's not all about being academic, that's not what school or life is about, you need to be getting out there and being a good person.
"If a student believes that they've walked across that stage and they've achieved personal excellence then they are an absolute winner in my eyes."
Hudson Staer was awarded ATAR Dux and the Horizon Power Top Upper School Science Student, and Adelle Bailye was awarded Esperance Rotary Club's Runner-up ATAR Dux.
Clay Harvey and Sheanna Henderson tied for the VET Dux award.
Citizen of the Year went to Zoe Maccan and Casey Rowe won the best all rounder Caltex Medal.
The Shire of Esperance Positive Females award went to Holly Panizza and Anna Smith, and Jonothan Crane and Jarrod Nicoll received the Positive Male awards.
Caitlin Zanker took home the ADF Leadership Award and the Lion's Club Service award went to Kalira Docherty.
The Esperance Bay Rotary Club Service Award winner was Dana Sharpe and Nulsen Medal winner was Caitlin Oversby.
The Ellett/McIntyre/Quinlivan Bursary was awarded to Adelle Bailye, the YouthCARE award went to Casey Foster, Sportsperson of the Year to Zoe Maccan and the Progressive Women award winner was Ella Wakeham.