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2014 Honored Teacher Contest Winners Announced

Massanutten Regional Library announced the winners of its annual Robert B. and Gladys Hopkins Strickler Honored Teachers Writing Contest Thursday, May 8.
Laura Minnis, 2nd grade teacher at Pleasant Valley Elementary School in Harrisonburg, was honored with the special recognition of “Honored Teacher of the Year” and a $500 winning prize for her school. Ms. Minnis was honored with a plaque after Carrie Miller, one of her students, read the original composition distinguishing her as an outstanding teacher.
Students from Harrisonburg City, Rockingham and Page County Schools were invited to write an original essay or poem about a current or former teacher who has had an impact on their life. The contest, now in its 18th year, climaxed with a reception at the Main Branch of Massanutten Regional Library for the winning students and teachers and a reading and viewing of the student work.
Authors of the winning essays received monetary awards of $100, $50, and $25 for first, second, and third place, respectively.
The 2014 winning students include:
Student Teacher
1. Heather Good Mr. B.H. Snellings, Page County HS
2. Michelle Ridder Ms. Katie Pyles, Turner Ashby HS
3. Joelle Painter Ms. Nicole Brumfield, Page County HS
1. Isaiah King Mr. Marlon Foster, Skyline MS
2. Abby Lachance Ms. Maria Dove, Skyline MS
3. Sarai Perez Ms. Maria Dove, Skyline MS
1. Genesis Martinez Ms. Christiana Campbell, Waterman Elementary
2. Luke Tao Mr. Michael Yoder, Stone Spring Elementary
3. Sophia Ling Yoder Ms. Christiana Campbell, Waterman Elementary
1. Carrie Miller Ms. Laura Minnis, Pleasant Valley Elementary
2. Mina Fukumura Ms. Kelsey Rice, Cub Run Elementary
3. Lauren Abernathy Ms. Jo Enke, Lacey Springs Elementary
Art Award  
Grace Sharp Ms. Laura Logan, John Wayland Elementary

Students honored their teachers at the ceremony held Thursday evening by reading their essays aloud in front of teachers, parents, and invited guests.

Judging for the contest was performed by the Harrisonburg Kiwanis Club, and representatives of the club also assisted with serving refreshments.

Shank's Bakery provided refreshments.

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