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Banquet to honor local educators with Academic Excellence awards

Tuesday, March 30, 2010 | 12:01 a.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Seven Columbia Public Schools educators will be recognized at this year’s Columbia Fund for Academic Excellence banquet.

The banquet will be held at 6 p.m. April 15 at the Peachtree Catering & Banquet Center in Columbia.

Each year, parents and peers nominate educators to receive a $1,200 cash award and an engraved silver tray. This year's honorees are:

  • Deborah Shaw of Russell Boulevard Elementary School, honored as an outstanding elementary educator for pre-kindergarten through second grade
  • Lisa Schenker of Grant Elementary School, honored as an outstanding elementary educator for grades three through five
  • Marsha Tyson of Oakland Junior High School, honored as an outstanding middle and junior high school educator
  • Jill Varns of Hickman High School, honored as an outstanding high school educator
  • Liana Vessell of West Junior High School, honored as an outstanding beginning teacher
  • Kathy Ritter, principal of Rock Bridge High School, honored as an outstanding administrator

State Rep. Stephen Webber, D-Columbia, will speak at the banquet on behalf of the educators being recognized. Contributions for the award come from area residents, businesses and organizations.


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