FORT MILL — Special to the Fort Mill Times
If you were looking for Fort Mill Township’s leaders – past, present and future – on a recent Monday evening, you would have found them all at Nation Ford High School.
On April 22 they were being honored by the town, the Regional Chamber of Commerce and the ort Mill School district.
More than 150 friends, family and co-workers, plus area school and political officials, gathered to celebrate the accomplishments of 48 individuals chosen for the 53rd annual Fort Mill Education and Volunteer awards.
The ceremony was anchored by S.C. state Rep. Raye Felder. She was excited to “recognize student leaders, community leaders and those who shape the lives of students.”
“We have a lot to be proud of in this community,” Felder said. “These are the heroes of our community.”
Anne Springs Close was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award for her leadership of the Springs Close Foundation, Theron Pickens was chosen Citizen of the Year for his leadership and passion in the community, and Alanna O’Brien was chosen Young Citizen of the Year. She is a 10th-grader at NFHS who is involved in sports, her church, the community and her school.
Henry Bryant was awarded the Public Safety and Awareness Service Award.
Lisa McCarley was the recipient of the Civic Volunteer of the Year award for her efforts to raise funds for middle school sports. Leigh Van Blarcom was awarded the Murray B. White Preservationist of the Year award for her work with historical preservation.
The top five seniors at Fort Mill High School were: Ivan Getov, Derrill “Trey” Schumpert, Maggie Boyd, William Foster and Jessica Tennis. The top five seniors from Nation Ford High School were: Caitlin Smith, Stephen Zoeller, Andrew Merk, Serena Walker and Ashley Hudgins.
Anne Johnson of NFHS was named Teacher of the Year for 2012, and Phyllis Bouler of GHMS was named Support Staff Employee of the Year for 2012.
2013 Teachers of the Year included: Mary Elizabeth Kinard, FMHS, World History teacher; Jose Figuero, NFHS, Spanish; Leslie Nivens, Banks Trail Middle, math; Mary Strat Lake, FMMS, family and consumer science; Angela Toms, GHMS, science; Sara Wallace, SFMS, special education; Blair Wright, FMES, kindergarten; Chris Beasley, GHES, third grade; Cindy Colonna, OPES, second grade; Megan Mongelli, Pleasant Knoll Elementary, technology; Kendall Tough, Riverview Elementary, first grade; Roberta Martin, SPES, art; and Lipi Pratt, Sugar Creek Elementary, fourth grade.
2013 Support Staff of the Year included: Charlotte Hendrix, FMHS, secretary; Dana Gibson, NFHS secretary; Kim Rinks, Banks Trail Middle instructional assistant; Angela Payne, FMMS instructional assistant; Sara Jo McKinney, GHMS bookkeeper; Low Wylie, Springfield Middle School technology assistant; Debbie Morshead, FMES instructional assistant; Angie Davis GHES instructional assistant; Lisa Salerno, OPES crossing guard; Grenda Dountz, Pleasant Knoll Elementary nurse; Henry Stewart, Riverview Elementary crossing guard; Kelly Brugge, Springfield Elementary instructional assistant; Deidra DalPoggetto, Sugar Creek Elementary receptionist; Gwen Hoyle, cafeteria manager; Michele Jolly, maintenance painter; Chuck Wallace, District office computer tech engineer and Frances Cook, bus driver for OPES and GHMS.
Award recipients were given plaques and goody bags. The awards ceremony included refreshments and beverages.