As part of the annual Convocation Day festivities, the Lander Circle Kiwanis announced the recipients of the 2013 Orange City School District teacher and staff awards. Receiving this year's Secondary Teacher of the Year Award was Mr. Ship Collins; the Elementary Teacher of the Year Award went to Mrs. Lonnie Aiello; and the Staff Member of the Year Award went to Ms. Cindy Veverka.
Following a wonderful breakfast hosted by the OHS PTA and beautifully set-up by Alla Carran, her daughters Chandler and Ainsley, and Melanie Weltman, the entire staff was welcomed into the auditorium as Class of '13 graduate Praxton Smith entertained the crowd with her incredible expertise on violin, mandolin and vocals.
New staff members were introduced with additional welcomes by members of the School Board, other staff members, the PTA, and the Orange Foundation. Superintendent Dr. Edwin Holland set the tone for a fantastic school year with an inspiring message.
Family and friends of the Kiwanis Award winners joined the recipients on stage when their names were announced by OHS Principal Dr. Paul Lucas, Coordinator of Special Education Ms. Lori Wotowiec, new MHS Principal Ms. Renee Schoonover, and surprise guest retired Principal Mr. Marc Haag. Lander Circle Kiwanis President Mr. Michael Fetzer presented the plaques.
Congratulations to the 2013 Lander Circle Kiwanis Award winners...here's to a great year!