Seniors salute influential educators at 2020 FAME Awards
The school district’s FAME Awards program gives graduating seniors a chance to thank a teacher, counselor, coach, or other role model who has had a significant effect on their lives. “Those represented this afternoon represent the best. What you heard is a shining example of how our children experience victory in the classroom,” Superintendent Manny Caulk said at the close of the March 7 celebration at host Frederick Douglass High School.
Each year, Fayette County Public Schools encourages seniors to write a heartfelt essay about how the relationship with their chosen educator has influenced them. A panel at the district office judges the entries and selects a winner from each high school. Those six seniors read their essays aloud during the spring recognition program, and the rest introduce their nominees with excerpts.
2020 winning essays
- Tates Creek – by senior Shelby Breeze, honoring Kevin Crosby
- Bryan Station – by Lauran Owens-Mundy, honoring Devon Cheatom
- Frederick Douglass – by Caleigh Ratliff, honoring Iris Isaacs
- Henry Clay – by Andrea LeGrand, honoring Carlos Pena
- Lafayette – by Benjamin Henderson, honoring Christi Lindeman
- Paul Laurence Dunbar – by Vivian Haggard, honoring Bill Gatliff
Each nominee received a FAME certificate, a matted copy of their student’s essay, the photograph snapped after they crossed the stage, and dinner for two at Texas Roadhouse; the student winners also received gift cards. Other sponsors were Walmart, Lowe Promotions, Staples, Raymond Daniels, and Equity Solutions Group.
For questions about FAME, contact Heidi Reihing at the district office, (859) 381-4794.