Greality: Windsor custodian withs third place in nation-wide Janitor of the Year contest
May 13, 2018
Students cheered for Rudy Hernandez as he went to the front of the Tozer Primary School gym Friday morning, giving him high-fives and chanting "Rudy, Rudy" as he passed.
Hernandez, school custodian at Tozer in Windsor, was given a $500 check at an assembly on the last day of school for winning third place in the Cintas Corp.'s 2018 Janitor of the Year competition.
Hernandez, who has worked at Tozer for 28 years and for the Windsor-Severance Re-4 School District for more than 30, was named a top 10 finalist in the contest in March.
According to a news release from the school, Hernandez received more than 57,900 votes.
Northridge teacher receives grant from CenturyLink
Northridge High School English teacher Joshua Seematterwill received a $4,950 grant from CenturyLink last week to fund the purchase of 22 Chromebooks for project-based learning in his class. Seematterwill's grant was part of $145,000 in grants CenturyLink gave to 32 Colorado teachers this month.
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In past years, teachers from the Fred Tjardes School of Innovation and Greeley Central High School have won grants.
Greeley parks and rec department finalist for award
The Greeley Culture, Parks and Recreation Department is a finalist for the 2018 National Gold Medal for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management. Departments are judged on their ability to "address the needs of those they serve."
Greeley Culture, Parks and Recreation Director Andy McRoberts called the nomination an "honor" and said it happened only because of the city's dedicated staff and supportive community.
Greeley is one of three finalists. The winner will be announced Sept. 27.
New community mural dedicated
A mural painted by 31 Greeley artists at 8th Avenue and 14th Street was dedicated last week. The artists, who are part of the Showcase Art Center, said in a news release they want people who see the mural to "think positively about themselves, their surroundings and their community."
Kiwanis Club scholarship winners honored
Three student recipients of the Kiwanis Club of Greeley 2018 scholarship were honored at a banquet earlier this month. The winners received $1,500 each because of their dedication to "community service, leadership and academics."
The winners were Max Kolanz of University High School, who plans to major in physics and engineering at the University of Colorado; Ciana Burroughs of Eaton High School, who plant to study art and psychology at Colorado State University; and Reynna Moses from University, who plans to major in sociology at the University of Northern Colorado.
— Emily Wenger contributed to this report.