The program was coordinated by the club’s president, Cherokee County Magistrate Judge James Drane, and Debbie Carty-Campbell with the Special Education department of the Cherokee County school system.
The appreciation breakfasts are a tradition started years ago by the club, said Steve Sandridge, club publicist. The club honors special education high school students in the fall and middle school students in the spring. Students are nominated for the awards by their teachers.
Students honored this year were:
● Creekland Middle School: Gavin Wells — Most Improved, nominated by teacher Angie Yeager.
● Dean Rusk Middle School: Hannah Choate — Most Improved, nominated by Lori Salvino
● Freedom Middle School: Ronnie Whitby — Most Improved, nominated by Mallie Fisher
● Mill Creek Middle School: K.C. Cummins — Outstanding Achievement as a Role Model, nominated by Andrew Mcentyre.
● Teasley Middle School: Johathan Cornelison — Positive Attitude, nominated by Michael Byess.
● Woodstock Middle School: Georgianna French — Most Diligent, nominated by Amber Davis.
The Excellence in Education Award was a surprise presented to educator Michael Byess by Teasley’s Principal Sue Zinkil for his outstanding support of his students.
A special recognition was presented to retiring leader Pam Ballato, “For her unwavering support and selfless guidance that led our staff and students.”
The Excellence in Leadership Award was presented by Letitia Cline, assistant school superintendent and Charlette Green, director of Special Education for Cherokee County schools.