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Awards ceremony recognizes PCFES student achievement PDF Print E-mail
Written by Holyoke Enterprise   

Phillips County Family Education Services, Inc. (PCFES) held its 11th annual awards night Thursday, May 17 at the Phillips County Event Center.

The awards program is planned each year to recognize the achievements of students who participated in adult English as a Second Language (ESL), Adult Basic Education (ABE), GED Preparation, Early Childhood classes and the After School program. Each year, PCFES recognizes an outstanding ESL and GED student. This year’s ESL recipient was selected based on her outstanding attendance and dedication to the class. Claudia Loya received a plaque recognizing her outstanding achievement.

The GED Award recipient was selected based on attendance and dedication to the class. Wanda Winterrowd received a plaque for her performance in GED class.

Outstanding ESL and GED students were recognized at the PCFES
awards ceremony. Pictured from left, Claudia Loya, Outstanding ESL
student recipient, Trisha Herman, Executive Director, and Wanda
Winterrowd, Outstanding GED student recipient.

Executive director Trisha Herman recognized the generous individuals and businesses that financially supported PCFES throughout the school year.

Herman then recognized current board members Kellie Race, Veronica Marroquin, Linda Jelden, Gloria Quintana, Ana Luisa De Leon and Debbie Dickerson. Each member received a gift certificate as a thank you for serving on the board.

Lynette Harms received her retiring board member plaque. Harms served on the board of directors for four years. Her leadership was instrumental in helping PCFES enhance and expand the programs offered.

The following PCFES instructors and volunteers were recognized: Toby From, adult ESL and ABE instructor and reading tutor; Shirley Krogmeier, GED instructor; Lizeth Ramos, early childhood instructor; Mallori Burnett, after school instructor; Linda Kurtzer, after school assistant; and Ana Luisa De Leon, volunteer and translator.

A special reading award was presented to Naomi Schafer for completing 10 lessons in her adult reading series.

Certificates of advancement were passed out to 21 adult ESL and ABE students. Each student advanced one level according to scores on their pre and post tests. PCFES uses standardized testing to show student progress.

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

PCFES was proud to recognize the three 2011-12 GED graduates, Wanda Winterrowd, Rene Nevarez and Rachel Herrera.

This year PCFES awarded 14 students an outstanding attendance certificate. This award went to students who showed dedication to their learning and attended class on a regular basis.

Certificates of participation and balloons were presented to 19 students for their attendance in the after school program. Students performed a dance they had been working on along with providing the flower centerpieces they had made.

Certificates of participation and balloons were presented to 12 children for their attendance in the early childhood program.

The evening concluded with Herman inviting all ESL students and their families to participate in the summer English program which will be held at PCFES June 4-21. For more information about the programs PCFES offers, call Herman at 854-2595.

Holyoke Enterprise May 24, 2012