Grateful seniors thank influential educators at 2019 FAME Awards
The school district’s FAME Awards program gives graduating seniors an opportunity to salute an important teacher, counselor, coach, or other role model who had a significant effect on their lives. “Teachers have a huge impact on our students, and that impact will last a lifetime,” said Chief of High Schools Randy Peffer, who spoke at the 2019 event.
Fayette County Public Schools encourages students to write a heartfelt essay about how the relationship with their chosen educator has influenced them. Sometimes, an honoree is nominated by multiple students. “I’m very humbled,” said art teacher Cindy Zeller of The Learning Center, whom five seniors selected. “I’m blessed that what I do has made a difference.”
A panel at the district office judged the entries and chose a winner from each high school. Those seniors read the top six essays aloud during the March 9 program at host Frederick Douglass High School, and the rest introduced their nominees with excerpts.
The winning essays:
- Paul Laurence Dunbar – senior Alexis Ginter, honoring educator Nick Runyon;
- Tates Creek – Taylor Calhoun, honoring Ann Shaw;
- Bryan Station – Camae Mason, honoring Lorie Daugherty;
- Frederick Douglass – Abigail Vires, honoring Monica Harbut;
- Henry Clay – Louis Kessinger, honoring Jody Cabble;
- Lafayette – Jexari Castro, honoring Melba Guerrero.
This year’s sponsors were Chiropractic Care of Lexington, Equity Solutions Group, Harbut Bloodstock, KTEC Solutions, Lexidan Foods, Lowe Promotions, Staples, and Texas Roadhouse. In addition, each nominee received a FAME certificate, a matted copy of their student’s essay, and the photograph snapped after they crossed the stage.
For questions about FAME, contact Heidi Reihing at the district office, (859) 381-4794.