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Celebration of Inspiration honorees announced

Recipients of the annual Celebration of Inspiration award, in which students of the senior class honor a teacher or staff member in the district who has served as an inspiration to them, were announced April 8.

This year, 33 individuals will be honored at the Celebration of Inspiration event on April 28 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Grand Island High School.

The honorees and the students who nominated them are:
Natalie Gallagher, Grand Island High School math teacher, by Beth Morris and Angelo Aiello
Rob Collard, GIHS science teacher, by Hayley Pizur
Matt Ells, Veronica Connor Middle School and GIHS orchestra teacher, by Leah Dylag and Sara Pearse
Marty Allen, retired GIHS band teacher, by Alessandra Smith
Amy Boutet, GIHS business teacher, by Katie Squires, Molly Leggett, Sean Graham
Shawn Sweet, GIHS technology teacher, by Sophia Bobeck, Sophia Steck, Samantha Hoerner
Mark Gorton, Viking Vision advisor, by Grace Ahne and Kaylee Boyle
Jennifer Reynolds, Sidway Elementary School kindergarten teacher, by Caralyn Reynolds
Tom Gorman, GIHS English teacher, by Megan Lavis
Alexann Incoa, retired Kaegebein Elementary School art teacher, by Gabe Agnello
Amy Flynn, GIHS math teacher, by Tessie Sorel
Art Meaney, VCMS teacher and girls modified softball coach, by Anna Hammond
Carol Horrigan, retired elementary school chorus teacher, by Riley Patterson
Steve Steck, varsity football coach and VCMS teacher, by Josh Mallabar
Jody Rudney, VCMS teacher, by Zayeira Williams and Alexis Nguyen
Ardeth Kasahara, GIHS English teacher, by Alyssa Robertson
Chris Simpson, GIHS business teacher, by Marissa Mistriner
Melissa Taylor, Sidway kindergarten teacher, by Evan Smith
Tanya Weidner, VCMS Spanish teacher, by Hannah Moore
Sue Campbell, VCMS English teacher, by Daniel Senn
Alana Burt, GIHS business teacher, by Tommy Banas
George Smith, GIHS technology teacher, by Raistlin Huff
Maureen Gambino, Kaegebein and Huth Road elementary schools teacher, by Michael Percival
Kaitlyn Marvin, GIHS math teacher, by Katelyn Giambra
Christina Podlucky, GIHS English teacher, by Kaci Gottler
Kristen Pernick, Huth Road Elementary teacher, by Giana Casullo
Roseanne O’Brien, Huth Road special education teacher, by Calleen Neeson
Cheryl Chamberlain, GIHS business teacher, by Olivia Fox
Don Pray, GIHS tennis coach and social studies teacher, by Kiersten Brown
Mandy Myers, GIHS Spanish teacher, by Michael Coburn
Amy McMann, elementary school teacher, by Rebekah Thompson
Jennifer Mernitz, GIHS chorus teacher, by Julianna Huber
Melissa Kosmoski, GIHS Life Skills teacher, by Lauren Ratajczak

(Click the Community tab and choose the Community Relations Office to go to a webpage with a photo gallery of the 2022 Celebration of Inspiration.)