The Granbury ISD Education Foundation honored the top 25 students in the Granbury High School Class of 2013 during the second annual Academic Recognition Banquet Thursday.
It was held at the Granbury Resort Conference Center on East Pearl Street.
The banquet also included the students honoring the Granbury ISD employees who most influenced their education.
The GHS students were selected from an initial list of the top 25 earlier in the school year. Following the end of the fifth six weeks, one additional student qualified and was added to the roster for being honored at the banquet.
The GISD employees were not just from the high school, as the group currently works also at Acton Middle School, Baccus Elementary School, Crossland Ninth Grade Center, Granbury Middle School and Roberson Elementary School – as well as the district’s technology department.
Three honorees were former or retired teachers living in the area. In a fitting end to the nationally observed Teacher Appreciation Week, the teachers and other employees were honored with the reading of a statement written by each student about the impact that they have made not only on their education but also their life.
Students and district employees honored:
Angie Ecton, GHS math teacher
Natilee Noble, AMS English teacher
Cindy Holt, GHS counselor
Leah Haley, GHS soccer coach
Nick Vollmer, GHS swim coach
Claudia Hurst, GHS counselor
Michelle Bitner, GHS English teacher
Henry Pearson, AMS math teacher
Jacqui Bradshaw, GHS English teacher
Linda Stewart, GHS English teacher
Rene Jackson, Crossland English teacher
Melissa Cornelius, Roberson teacher
Jud Griffith, GHS CTE teacher
Karin Harrington, GHS counselor
Shelley Weddel, GMS English teacher
Lois Askew, Baccus Elementary teacher (former Mambrino third-grade teacher)
Amy Wood, GISD technology director
Cindy Jackson, GHS science teacher
Brenda Elliott, AMS math teacher
Liz Spurgin, retired Acton Elementary teacher
Cindy Leatherman, GHS social studies teacher
Todd Gibson, GMS math teacher
Nancy Petty, retired GHS special education teacher
Kara Rapp, former Crossland science teacher
Mark Kirk, Crossland math teacher
The education foundation, which is only in its second year, plans to award over $30,000 in grants for innovative projects.
The requests are submitted by GISD teachers and schools, according to GEF president Barbara Townsend.
The GEF’s mission is creating opportunities to invest, encourage and support educational excellence in GISD.
The foundation is designed to be a community effort bringing donations from businesses, civic groups, and individuals to fund innovative teaching grants, student scholarships and academic achievement for Granbury school district students.
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