Nearly 150 Astoria School District staff, as well as friends and families filled the Hampton Inn meeting room May 18 for the annual “A Tradition of Excellence” Awards. The event, sponsored by the Astoria School Foundation, recognized individuals for their accomplishments in and out of the classroom.
Staff members recognized for 10 or more consecutive years in the district include Clint Blacker, Beth Frausto, Glen Fromwiller, Tiffany Golden, Cindy Sapp, Stephanie Sparks, Ryker Thornton, Michelle Gardner and Gretchen Gaydos.
Staff members recognized for 20 or more consecutive years in the district are Lisa Rygg, Dan Foss and Chris Hunt.
The Classified/Support Staff Member of the Year award was presented to Carla Oja for her excellent work performance, school and community involvement, leadership and her commitment to the district. She has worked for the ASD for over 24 years, and has also served as a swim coach for Astoria High School for 17 years.
Mickey Cereghino, an art teacher at AHS, received the Certified Staff Member of the Year award for inspiring, motivating, encouraging and helping students excel in school. AHS senior Elizabeth Roe also presented the 2017 Teacher of the Year award to Cereghino.
The ASD Collaboration Team Award was presented to the teaching staff of the Astoria Middle School Science program, Stanette Klatt, Keira Benson and Katy Rininger, for demonstrating outstanding teamwork, exemplary work performance, and improving student learning through their collaborative work.
The Community Recognition Award was given to Chad Rankin, a certified athletic trainer whose services are provided to the school district by Columbia Memorial Hospital. One of his most important responsibilities is the care and treatment of athletic injuries. He is present for summer camps, and will rearrange his schedule at a moment’s notice if needed to visit with a coach or student-athlete.
Baked Alaska prepared the desserts, and Van Dusen Beverages provided Aquafina for the event.