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BCISD celebrates staff at awards banquet

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BCISD celebrates staff at awards banquet  

Bay City Independent School District recognized and celebrated its employees with its “BCISD: Our future’s so bright!” awards banquet on May 1st at the Bay City Civic Center.


Master of Ceremonies Superintendent Dr. Marshall Scott III welcomed the guests while Chief Curriculum Officer Lisa Moya led a prayer, and Chief Human Resource/Federal Compliance Officer Lisa Volkmer led the pledge. Moya and Chief Financial Officer Richard Johnson distributed the ever-popular door prizes throughout the evening, with assistance from BCISD Chief Technology Officer Josh Solis and Chief of Police L.C. Cunningham, Jr. Bay City ISD School Board President Bob Klepac got the evening off to a great start with his opening remarks.


Guests were treated to a catered meal by K-2 Steakhouse while they listened to music by the Blackcat Jazz Band, directed by Bay City High School Band Director Mark Longoria, along with assistant Adrian Carrizales, Bay City Junior High Director Jake Harmon and his assistant Brandon Jones. The Bay City High School Show Choir performed as well for the guests. They were introduced by their director, Dr. Kara Cowart.


School Board members Bobby Kimball, Robert Klepac, Crystal Allison, Jerry Manning and Eddie Nelson all joined in congratulating the honorees as each was introduced and presented awards and gifts.


Recognized during the program were employees with five, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, and 35 years of service with the district.


Retirees also were recognized. Retirees are: Joyce Atherton, Cecilia Cortinas, Frances Dee Dale, Donna Rice, Marie Taylor, Antonia Torres, Lori Webbon, Diana Widemon, Juan Barrientez, Amanda Carlin, Connie Coney, Patricia Johnson, Virginia Moreno, Adela Parnell, Harold Parnell, and Carolyn Thrash.


Each retiree in attendance was featured in the retiree tribute video, produced by BCHS’s Melissa Ursery.


Bay City Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture Educators of the Year nominees and the winner, Kristy Salas of Bay City Junior High, were presented framed award certificates. The other nominees and campus teachers of the year were: John Driver, Bay City High School; Donna Rice, Cherry Elementary; Cassie Dykes, Roberts Elementary; and Blair O’Connell, Holmes Elementary.

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Recognized as “Rookie of the Year” for BCISD was Jeniffer Chancey of Cherry Elementary. Other nominees were: Kaley Wilder, BCHS; Alyssa Katzer, Holmes; and Artricia Allen, Roberts.

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The Top Cat award recipients were selected by their peers at the various campuses and departments, and were chosen for their service to the school and students, going above and beyond the call of duty, showing dedication and pride in the quality of their work, demonstrating positive human relations, and other criteria. Top Cat winners were: Laura Martinez, Josh Solis, Kelli Hunt, Lorraine Lopez, Delores Longoria, Mary Anne Harrison, Joyce Swist, Chelsea McCarty, Susana Hernandez, Jennie Meyer, Tara Hernandez, Paige Hyer, Laurie Shine, Manuel Mendoza, Donnye Stone, Megan Stell, Jennifer Polk, Rose Nies, Dennis Montoya, Stacey Haning, Ronda Espinosa.

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Those with 35 years of service honored were: Dianne Eckhoff, Cherry; Margaret Laslie, Administration; Frank Scott, Transportation; and Laura Woods, Custodial.

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Thirty years of service honoree was Cindy Simpson of Bay City Junior High.

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Reaching 25 years of service are: Deda McAfee, Suzette Williams, Deborah Cooper,  Jacqueline Ramsey, and Myra Aguilar.

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Those who hit the twenty-year mark include: Silvia Valdivia, Carol Suggs, Lori Webbon and Stefanie Hackfeld.

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Fifteen years of service staff are: Darin Dabelgott, Debra Grebe, Linda Martinez, Carma Crain, Stacey Haning, Brandy Stai, Charlene Godley, Carolyn Kile, Dennis Montoya, Agustin Perez, Betty Gill, and Debra McCarty.

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Hitting the ten-year mark are: Leticia Alvarez, Andrea Brown, Leticia Southall, Roberto Trevino, Charles Roberson, Jennifer Rodriguez, Sheronda Williams, Brent Marceaux, and Kimberly Hickl.

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Honored for five years of service are: John Driver, Steven Jones, Jonathan Lunsford, Mary Lynn Mosier Flores, Patricia Frankson, Nanette Hallum, Josh Solis, Sara Briggs, Traci Gernand, Shellie Irwin, Erica Jackson, Amy McLain, Kathy Perry, Raeanna Wertz, Wendy Hecht, Cindy Munoz, Laura Frazier, Maria Medina, Liana Hidrogo, Cynthia McCoy, Yanci Garcia, Cristal Ortiz, Maria Paniagua de Ortiz, Amanda Blair, Jessica Langner.

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BCHS teacher John Driver was recognized as the VFW Post 2438 & Auxiliary Outstanding Teacher, and BCHS’s Jessie Deleza was honored for being named the campus’s Phillips 66 Excellence in Teaching award winner.

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Event coordinators were BCISD’s Terri McCullough, Allison Sliva and Sandra Wacker, with assistance from LaWanda Hines and Sara Briggs.