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ESL, GED and early childhood awards given at PCFES ceremony PDF Print E-mail
Written by Holyoke Enterprise   

Phillips County Family Education Services, Inc. (PCFES) held its ninth annual awards night Thursday, May 20 at the Phillips County Event Center. This awards program is planned each year to recognize the achievements of the students who participated in adult English as a Second Language (ESL), adult basic education, GED preparation and early childhood classes.

Each year, PCFES recognizes the outstanding ESL and GED students. This year’s ESL recipient was selected based upon her outstanding attendance and dedication to her class. Deisy Matute received a plaque recognizing her outstanding achievement.

The GED award recipient was selected based upon his attendance combined with performance on the GED tests. Ethan Munster received a plaque for his performance in GED class. Munster received his GED in April.

PCFES Board President Lynette Harms and Executive Director Kindra Plumb presented a plaque to Phillips County Commissioners Bud Biesemeier, Jerry Beavers and Susan Roll Walters for supporting PCFES in their move to the education wing of the new Phillips County Event Center.

Plumb thanked the commissioners for allowing PCFES the opportunity to continue serving those in need of adult education while expanding services to meet the needs of others in the county.

Plumb recognized current board members Lynette Harms, Veronica Marroquin, Gloria Quintana, Ana Luisa De Leon and Kellie Race. Each member received a gift as a thank you for serving on the board.

Former board member Deb Carlstrom received her retiring board member plaque. Carlstrom was on the board for six years, serving as president in 2009. Plumb thanked Carlstrom for her leadership throughout the years.

PCFES instructors were also thanked during the program. The following individuals were recognized: Toby From, adult ESL instructor and reading tutor; Shirley Krogmeier, GED instructor; Laura Beth Schroetlin, adult ESL instructor; Lizeth Ramos, early childhood instructor; Linda Denbo, substitute; and Linda Statz, volunteer citizenship instructor. Each instructor received a gift for the outstanding job they do each year.

Certificates of advancement were passed out to 22 adult ESL students. Each of these students advanced one ESL level, according to scores on their pre and post tests. PCFES uses standardized testing to show student progress through the six levels of English language acquisition: beginning literacy, low beginning, high beginning, low intermediate, high intermediate and advanced.

Progress certificates were awarded to five GED students. Each student has successfully passed at least one of the battery of five GED tests.

PCFES was proud to recognize their five GED graduates for 2009-10: Jhordan Renner, Ethan Munster, Johnathan Daharsh and Levi Lueth.

A special reading award was presented to Naomi Schafer for completing 12 lessons in her adult reading series.

Certificates of participation were presented to 16 children for their attendance in the early childhood program. Along with the certificate, each child received a balloon and a book.

The evening concluded with Plumb inviting all ESL students and their families to participate in the summer English program, which will be held at PCFES June 7-24. For more information about the programs PCFES offers, please call Plumb at 970-854-2595.