The Weld Re-4 Educational Foundation announced the winners Thursday for its inaugural essay contest that highlighted the importance of teachers for Teacher Appreciation Week.
The Foundation, which has been in existence since April 2013, is a 501c(3) nonprofit organization made up of a group of community members who are passionate in their support of the schools in the Windsor-Severance Re-4 School District.
“We had some truly amazing stories told by our students,” said Kim Schutt, the vice president of the Foundations’s board of directors. “It was definitely difficult to select our winners.”
Schutt said the first-place student in each category will win $100 from the Bank of Colorado in Windsor. The teacher honored in the winning essay will win a $50 gift card to Knowledge Bound, donated by Greg Backhaus at Edward Jones in Windsor and Knowledge Bound. The winning students and teachers are being recognized at the 7 p.m. May 19 school board meeting at the district office, 1020 Main St.
The list of winners are:
1st place: Sydney Potts; teacher is Roxanne Visconti at Skyview Elementary School.
Honorable mention: Shayne Morison; teacher is Karie Kraemer at Skyview Elementary School.
Natalie Nowak; teacher is Paul Maley at Tozer Primary School.
1st place: Kylie Sanger; teacher is Mindi Kruger at Tozer Primary School.
Honorable mention: Alexis Backhaus; teacher is Tammy Randle at Tozer Primary School.
Ashlyn Romero; teacher is April Sampson at Mountain View Elementary School.
1st place: Makena Sanger; teacher is Doug Kathan at Windsor Middle School.
Honorable mention: Hannah Bornhoft; teacher is Colleen Carey at Mountain View Elementary School.
Jackson Beck; teacher is Cory Swanson at Windsor Middle School.
1st place: Mikayla Rydbom; teacher is Kristi Baldino at Windsor Middle School.
Brady Bowman; teacher is Doug Kathan at Windsor Middle School.
Tia Nvanez; teacher is Kelly Mann at Windsor High School.