From left, seated: Rachel Adams, Amanda Perry and Lauren Railer. Standing: Mrs. Becky Pitzer (Language Arts), Danielle Jones, Austen Ehrie, Dr. Jane Newblom (Secondary Principal), Emma Hawn, Wyatt Reed, Will Black, Mrs. Angie Viehe (Kindergarten), Dean Welbaum (Elementary Principal) and Dr. Doug Miller (SCS Superintendent). Photo courtesy Sheridan Rotary
From left, seated: Rachel Adams, Amanda Perry and Lauren Railer. Standing: Mrs. Becky Pitzer (Language Arts), Danielle Jones, Austen Ehrie, Dr. Jane Newblom (Secondary Principal), Emma Hawn, Wyatt Reed, Will Black, Mrs. Angie Viehe (Kindergarten), Dean Welbaum (Elementary Principal) and Dr. Doug Miller (SCS Superintendent). Photo courtesy Sheridan Rotary

Every year about this time the Sheridan Rotary clubs holds a special dinner event honoring the academic top 10 percent of students in the graduating senior class. The club was pleased to have eight young people honored this year. In addition, the Rotarians also recognize and honor both the elementary and the secondary teachers of the year.

The eight student honorees this year are: Rachel Adams, Amanda Perry. Lauren Railer, Danielle Jones, Austen Ehrie, Emma Hawn, Wyatt Reed and Will Black. The two teachers honored are: Mrs. Becky Pitzer (Language Arts) and Mrs. Angie Viehe (Kindergarten).

Historically, Rotarian membership is comprised of successful business and professional people in their communities. And generally speaking, these are individuals whose success began early in lives with the academic success they achieved school. Today’s generation of young people is no different. In all probability those honored by Sheridan Rotary each year will turn out to be tomorrow’s teachers, doctors, lawyers, business owners and even librarians. We sincerely hope they will want to become Rotarians someday themselves.

Part of the success these young students have achieved is due to the dedicated teachers who have devoted their lives to passing knowledge and skills to the next generation. There are many deserving teaching professionals in the school but we only honor two each year and Viehe and Pitzer were chosen. As their principals will tell you, both of these ladies have had positive impacts on each of the eight students being honored as well all the other students passing through their teaching lives.

Education is one of the corner stones of the Rotarian credo. Educational achievement is honored by Sheridan Rotary in a variety of ways including celebrating academic achievement, honoring those in the teaching profession and providing economic support through the awarding of scholarships. And every year Rotary clubs worldwide sponsor exchange student programs that sends students, including American students, to foreign countries for a year of study and travel. Sheridan Rotary is proud and pleased to be a part of that legacy.