The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), chapter 102, will recognize students and professionals at its 5th annual banquet on Thursday, May 5, at Erin’s Pavilion. Dinner begins at 5 p.m. with an awards presentation immediately following.
Each year, the chapter recognizes local students for making outstanding gains in academics, social/emotional behaviors, or independent living skills, and school professionals for their exemplary dedication to students with special needs.
Student nominees (and their respective schools) include: Alan Collins (Fairview), Adrian Garrett (Fairview), Tristan Gauen (Springfield High), Mackenzie Harris (Enos), Justin Langley (Fairview), Grady Maple (Addams), Samantha Parish (Lindsay), Sierra Purvis (Fairview), Kalei Ramirez (Washington), Jack Riba (Ball Charter), Annastasia Roby (McClernand), Thomas Shephard (McClernand), Kierah Stewart (Franklin) and Raymon Wilson (Laketown).
Professional nominees (and their respective schools) include: Anthony Benton (Springfield Urban League St. Cabrini Head Start), Lauren Bowlin (Franklin), Meri Havenar (McClernand), John Martincic (Lincoln Magnet), Abigail McNear (Laketown), Elizabeth Mitchell (Springfield High), Sean Newman (Springfield High), Julie Padavic (Lindsay), Kristin Stone (Matheny-Withrow) and Theresa Szoke (Matheny-Withrow).
The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving the educational success of children and youth with disabilities and/or gifts and talents. The local chapter’s board is comprised of Springfield Public Schools staff members Michael Edwards (Student Support Services), Elizabeth Mitchell (Springfield High School) and Kara Clark (Harvard Park Elementary).