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Student achievement recognized at PC Family Ed. Service awards PDF Print E-mail
Written by Holyoke Enterprise   
    Phillips County Family Education Services, Inc. (PCFES) held its eighth annual awards night Thursday, May 14. This awards program is planned each year to recognize the achievements of the students who participated in adult English as a second language, adult basic education, GED preparation and early childhood classes.
    PCFES executive director Kindra Plumb noted Thursday night’s awards ceremony was bittersweet, as it is the last one that will be held at the current location, behind Inklings Bookstore, before PCFES moves to the new Event Center building in 2010.
    “While we are excited to make the move and expand our class offerings, it will be a bittersweet time, as this building has been our home for the past 12 years,” said Plumb. “Paul and Laura (Krogmeier) are the owners of this building and have been tremendous supporters of Family Education Services.  Laura has become a sounding board for me to bounce ideas off of and also a source of strength when challenges arise.”
    Plumb recalled Laura joking with her about missing the microwave and refrigerator, as well as the students and teachers, when they leave the building. So in appreciation of her years of service, Plumb gave the Krogmeiers a gift certificate to Sullivan’s Appliance & Air.
    This year, two students received their GEDs, having successfully passed all five required tests. These students are Ana Luisa De Leon and Nathan Peregoy.
    De Leon was also awarded a special plaque for having the best attendance throughout the school year of all the GED students. The best attendance award for the ESL program went to Elva Soto.
    Five other GED students were recognized as well for passing at least one of the five tests. They were Jorge Quintana, Horalia Lopez, Maria Ortega, Jocelyn Bazan and Wanda Winterrowd.
    Rena Schneller received her retiring board member plaque from Plumb. Schneller served on the board of directors for three years and was the president in 2008.
    “She was a tremendous asset to the board and her guidance will be greatly missed,” said Plumb.
    Plumb also acknowledged current board members Deb Carlstrom, president; Lynette Harms, vice president; Veronica Marroquin, secretary/treasurer; Jennifer Kral, Gloria Quintana and David Maldonado.
    The teachers at PCFES were also recognized for going above and beyond what is required of them. They are Toby From, adult ESL instructor; Shirley Krogmeier, GED instructor; and Lizbeth Ramos, early childhood instructor. Linda Statz also voluntarily teaches a citizenship class one night a week.
    Certificates of advancement were passed out to 22 adult ESL students. Each of these students advanced one or more educational functioning levels, according to their pre and post test scores.
    Those receiving level completion certificates were Leonor Cid, Alejandra Gonzalez, Nancy Mendoza, Celia Ochoa, Yuliana Quintana, Alma Caraveo, Guadalupe Legarreta, Veronica Llanas, Zulma Morales, Elva Soto, Fatima Blas, Francisco Caraveo, Claudia Martinez, Cesar Quinones, Maurizio Pietrolungo, Alma Rodriguez, Socorro Varela, Hipolito Goytia, Cesar Vargas, Rinara Ribeiro, Martin Almeida and Morgana Silva.