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Gala honors DISD’s best

By Kristen Tribe | Published Wednesday, May 15, 2019
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The Decatur Education Foundation honored students, staff, alumni and foundation donors at its annual gala Thursday at the Decatur Conference Center.

James and Shirley Wood were awarded the Friends of the Foundation Award. They have supported the foundation since it was founded in 2003. They were unable to attend the banquet, so their son, Raymond Wood, accepted the award on their behalf.

“He hated that he couldn’t be here,” Wood said of his father, James. “He’s a little under the weather, but he’s doing good.”

Wood noted that any time his father is recognized, he’s quick to give credit to the community.

“It’s not what we’ve done for the community; it’s what you guys have done for us,” Raymond Wood said. “We really appreciate the foundation and what you teachers do and what y’all do behind the scenes. I just really thank you, and I appreciate this award tonight.”

Best in class

BEST IN CLASS — First grade teacher Jennifer Ross and agriculture science teacher Dusty Naumann were named Teachers of the Year at last week’s Decatur Education Foundation Gala. Ross teaches at Rann Elementary, and Naumann teaches at Decatur High School. Submitted photo

Jennifer Ross, first grade teacher at Rann Elementary, was named Elementary Teacher of the Year, and agriculture science teacher Dusty Naumann was named Secondary Teacher of the Year.

Employees retiring from DISD were also recognized.

They include:

  • Kim Cooper, dyslexia specialist, Rann Elementary
  • Coach Kasi Elder, P.E., Rann Elementary
  • Teri Vrba, counselor, Rann Elementary
  • Jil Hensley, math and P.E., McCarroll Middle School
  • Tina Aaron, English, McCarroll Middle School
  • Coach Tony Grimes, history, McCarroll Middle School
  • Terry Stewart, Spanish, Decatur High School
Top of the class

TOP OF THE CLASS — The top 10 graduates of the Class of 2019 were honored at Thursday night’s gala. Each student also recognized the teacher who had the greatest impact on their high school career. Submitted photo

The top 10 graduates were honored, along with the teachers who they said had the greatest impact on their high school careers. They are as follows:

  1. Elizabeth Warren, coach David Park, cross country
  2. Nicholas Bishop, Audrey Micinski, physics
  3. Hanul Lewis, coach Kristina Edwards, cross country
  4. Garrett Penny, Anthony Lopez, calculus
  5. Emily August, Melissa McCoy, English
  6. Oliver Gordon, Eric McNiel, band
  7. Aidan Cottrell, Chris Yurasek, choir
  8. Krysten Morgan, Jim Allsup, floriculture
  9. Dakota Petree, Christopher Chance, history
  10. Ben Waddill, Natalie Chance, government/economics
Wall of fame

WALL OF FAME — From left, Stephen Wren, Kaci Elder and Brian Christian were named to the Athletic Wall of Fame at last week’s gala. Submitted photo

Inducted into the Athletic Hall of Honor were:

  • Brian Christian, Class of 2005, football
  • Kasi Elder, Class of 1984, basketball
  • Stephen Wren, Class of 1967, athletic booster

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