Projected honor graduates of the Class of 2007 expressed their gratitude to their most inspiring educators during a special breakfast last Thursday. The event, held in the media center of Thomson High School, was part of the McDuffie County school system's celebration of American Education Week.
The 31 students honored 22 educators by writing a personal letter of appreciation and sitting with them during the breakfast.
"A few of the teachers got here early," said Assistant Superintendent Barry O'Neil. "They opened their letters, and when I walked in, I saw them reading with tears in their eyes. It meant a lot to them."
Each educator was presented a corsage or boutonniere, which was made by Stacey Amerson, from flowers donated by Georgia State Wholesale Florist. Breakfast was provided by McDonald's of Thomson.
"(We thanked) the group for the work they do to prepare our students for graduation and for their post-secondary lives. We truly believe that when students graduate, they are a reflection of our entire system, and that it takes the entire community to ensure their success," said THS Assistant Principal Lynn Cato.
School Superintendent Mark Petersen and all school administrators attended the event also.
Teachers honored by their students were:
Thomson High School:
Christy Brown by Richard Brown and Eric Toulson, Jason Osborn by Callie Gilmer, Amy Proctor by Rebecca Williams, Robin Dudley by Katie McNeal, Lauren Finuf, Ashley Crawley and Ci'Andrea Ivery, Beverly Guy by Jessica Newsome, Gracie Costello by Andrew Hamilton and Jessica Lyons, Barry Arrington by Jonathon Weischedel, John Barnett by Gloria Holloway, Luke Kellogg and Kimberly Adkins, Greg Shouse by Kathryn Barr, Susan Hitt by Jacob Powers and Bryanna Pilgrim, Brenda Hodgin by Justin Gunn and Kenneth Watkins, Beth Cook by Ryan Cook, and Maureen Adams by Tawny Bitterman.
Thomson Elementary School:
Jane Massey by Mary Beth Blasingame, Anne Kellogg by Rha'kiya White, and Lisa Sellers by Scott McClure.
Maxwell Elementary School:
Becky Morlan by Elizabeth Watson
Thomson Middle School:
Shirley Keith by Amber Guy, Aaron Hall by Aaron McCorkle, Julie Gerlach by Helen Hill, Patricia Connor by Bianca Parker and Kelly Bingnear by Kimberly Lansdell.