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
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.