Students, teachers recognized for "excellence"

©2003 Homer Index

by Mike Warner


Four Homer High School seniors and four teachers will be honored during the 20th celebration of Excellence in Education Day today (Wednesday).

The event is sponsored by the Calhoun Intermediate School District and funded by a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. This year's event will be held at the Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek.

The annual celebration of academic achievement honors students from schools throughout Calhoun County, their parents, outstanding educators, and community members who support educational excellence in their communities.

This year, 89 students whose grade point averages are in the top five percent of their graduating class will receive a $1,000 scholarship from the grant to further their education.

In addition, 23 educators will share approximately $49,000 in grant funds to implement innovative classroom projects having direct educational impact on students in our schools.

HHS honorees are Erin Booth, Lisa Booth, Graig Brooks and Caroline Wolfe.

The four are co-valedictorians of the Class of 2003.

Wolfe chose as her most influential teacher Tom Fleming, who teaches high school math. Brooks selected Scott Salow, fifth grade reading instructor.

Fifth grade math teacher Eric Fogel was Lisa Booth's choice, and Erin Booth named elementary school teacher Isabel Nazar.

Two Homer teachers will receive Pride Award grants. Holly Blashfield will receive one for her student summer program and Kathy Grisamore will get the other for her Healthy Food for Health Living Class.

The Excellence in Educa-tion dinner program will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a musical presentation by the Homer High School Jazz Band, followed by a "Spirit" video, and an official welcome at 6 p.m. by CISD Superintendent Christopher A. Wigent, and Tekonsha High School scholarship winner Vickie Miller.

Ben Freemire, a Battle Creek Central 2002 scholarship winner who currently attends Illinois Institute of Technology, will share his first-year college experiences with the audience, and offer advice to the graduating seniors.

Accompanying the students at the dinner will be their parents and the educator selected by each student as being the most influential in his or her academic success.

Excellence in Education Day is made possible by funding from the W.K. Kellogg Found-ation.

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