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April 25, 2009

Schools recognize contributions

BISMARCK — Forty-eight teachers, administrators and volunteers will be honored at the 19th annual Golden Ruler Awards Banquet Tuesday night at Bismarck-Henning High School.

Sponsored by the Vermilion County Regional Office of Education, each school district selected its recipients for the recognition. Dinner wwill be served by the United Methodist Women of the Bismarck United Methodist Church.

This year's winners are:

-- Armstrong-Ellis Grade School: Kim Legg, 11-year fourth-grade teacher, and Angie Sollars, part-time school secretary.

-- Armstrong High School: Linda Marron, two-term school board member, and Ron Snyder, board secretary for two terms.

-- Bismarck-Henning: Sara Andrews, 13-year employee currently unit office secretary; Jennette Lane, 31-year employee currently fifth-grade teacher and scholastic bowl coach; and Kathy Mathis, district bookkeeper for 14 years.

-- Catlin: Nancy Dolan, library aide at the elementary school; Durene Hallett, bus driver and lunch room worker; and Kay Warner, teacher aide in the Children at Risk Educationally program.

-- Danville: Linda Bolton, guidance counselor at North Ridge Middle School; Eliza Brooks, assistant principal at North Ridge; Melinda Bruns, secretary to the superintendent; Brenda Demos, food service director; Nancy Henderson, retiring at the end of the year as Early Childhood teacher; Martha Lindvahl, choral director and assistant marching band director at Danville High School; Carolyn Marshall, secretary at Liberty Elementary School; Jerry Prideaux, volunteer for the Splash program; Kelly Sigler, South View Middle School math teacher; and Mary Vandenburg, fourth-grade teacher at Southwest Elementary School.

-- Georgetown-Ridge Farm: Anita Kotcher, home economics teacher for 10 years; Dennis Lucas, cafeteria personnel and coordinator for Destination Imagination program at Mary Miller Junior High School; Kevin Tate, retiring as superintendent after 33 years in education; and Leslea Thompson, teaching assistant.

-- Hoopeston Area: Gail Barnes, third-grade teacher at Honeywell Elementary School and in education 31 years; Mary Ellen Davis, worked in lunch room for more than a dozen years; Dwight Judy, school board member four years; Regina Sollars, retiring this year as third-grade teacher; and Cheryl Stephens, retiring as kindergarten teacher at Maple Elementary School.

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