May 10, 2013
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 on May 9, 2013, at the Granbury Resort Conference Center. 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 were: 


GISD Employee

C.J. Allec

Angie Ecton, GHS math teacher

Mallory Bersi

Natilee Noble, AMS English teacher

Blair Cowden

Cindy Holt, GHS counselor

McKayla Davis

Leah Haley, GHS soccer coach

Corissa Decker

Nick Vollmer, GHS swim coach

Devon DeYoung

Claudia Hurst, GHS counselor

Jessie Fallin

Michelle Bitner, GHS English teacher

Klint Keating

Henry Pearson, AMS math teacher

Tom Lowry

Jacqui Bradshaw, GHS English teacher

Iris Martinez

Linda Stewart, GHS English teacher

Jessica Martinez

Rene Jackson, Crossland English teacher

Harley Miles

Melissa Cornelius, Roberson teacher

Zach Morgan

Jud Griffith, GHS CTE teacher

Evangelina Oviedo

Karin Harrington, GHS counselor

Mariah Rendeiro

Shelley Weddel, GMS English teacher

Matt Rose

Lois Askew, Baccus Elementary teacher
(former Mambrino third grade teacher)

Cy Sonderer

Amy Wood, GISD technology director

Caitlyn Thatcher

Cindy Jackson, GHS science teacher

Alyssa Tigner

Brenda Elliott, AMS math teacher

Katelyn Tigner

Liz Spurgin, retired Acton Elementary teacher

Tori Townsend

Cindy Leatherman, GHS social studies teacher

Charles Wallace

Todd Gibson, GMS math teacher

Phoebe Wallace

Nancy Petty, retired GHS special education teacher

Blake Ward

Kara Rapp, former Crossland science teacher

Grant Watts

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 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, andacademic achievement for GISD students. GEF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization created for the benefit of the school district’s students and staff members and will provide funding not allocated by tax dollars.

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