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Sylacauga City Schools hand out awards, grants at End of the Year Picnic in Central Park


SYLACAUGA, Ala. – The Sylacauga City Schools system concluded the 2022-23 academic year with a festive Picnic in Central Park on Friday morning, May 26.

The event, which began at 10:30 a.m., brought together educators and community members to celebrate a year of accomplishments and excellence for the SCS system.

Central Park was utilized as a vibrant backdrop for the recognition of outstanding individuals and the distribution of awards and SCS Foundation grants.

Dr. Michele Eller, SCS Superintendent, kicked off the event by acknowledging the hard work and dedication of everyone involved in the SCS community. The ceremony then proceeded with the presentation of awards, recognizing the remarkable achievements of educators and students throughout the year.

The following SCS staff members were recognized for their achievements at Friday’s Institute Picnic:

Volunteer of the Year
Chris Morris

Support Personnel of the Year
Kim Nix

Educator of the Year
Jay Brooks

Teacher of the Year
LaKeisha Crocker (Indian Valley Elementary School)
Amanda Bolton (Pinecrest Elementary School)
April Lane (Nichols-Lawson Middle School)
Cassidy Elliff (Sylacauga High School)

National Board Certification
Jaclyn Robinson
Jodi Shaw
Lindsey Kissic
Tonya Heartsill
Ashlyn Spates
Deana Goodwine

Google Certification
Dr. Jaclyn Rivers

Teachers of Promise
Carrie Cabaniss
Claire Collier
Isabel Cooley
Lindsey Kissic
Natalie Hubbard
Patricia Allen
Rhonda Brewer
Skye Bullard
Amethyst Vineyard
Olivia Cobb
LeAnn Bradford
Tiffany Smith
Tonya Heartsill

20-Year Pins
Deana Goodwine
Victor Smith
Nitha Storey
Jaclyn Rivers
Lori Farr
Lisa Strong

Debbie Barnett
Francis Dates
Simone Curtis

Aggie Spirit Award
Chris Ricks

In addition to awards, SCS Foundation grants for teachers at all four system schools were announced by Foundation Executive Director Carol Sprayberry, highlighting the significant contributions made by individuals and organizations towards enhancing the educational experience for Sylacauga students.

Amidst the celebration, attendees had the chance to participate in a ticket drawing for exciting prizes, adding an element of surprise to the event.

Central Park served as a perfect venue for the gathering, allowing attendees to enjoy the beautiful surroundings while celebrating the accomplishments of the SCS faculty.

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