By Kyle DeBeer, Belton Independent School District
Belton ISD recognized community members who are “standing up for Texas public schools” during their annual Celebrate Texas Public Schools Luncheon, which was held on March 4. The event was one of several activities planned to mark Texas Public Schools Week.
Superintendent Susan Kincannon told attendees, “Not only are we celebrating our public schools this week, we are celebrating each of you and our community. We want to show appreciation to each of you who – individually and collectively – stand up for our public schools.”
Among those recognized were seven award recipients including The Belton Journal’s sports editor, Tony Adams.
Tyree Ransom, a sophomore at Belton High School and one of the luncheon’s emcees, explained why Adams was selected as the 2015 Community Partner of the Year.
“At Belton High School, student athletes compete in 20 different sports. It isn’t easy to keep up with all of those schedules and scores, but if you want the latest scores or a great picture from the game, you just need to follow Tony Adams on Twitter or Facebook.”
Ransom added, “Tony can be seen at nearly every event. He is a Tiger fan.”
Other honorees included M&B Automotive, which received the new partner of the year award.
MW Builders and Grand Avenue Theater were selected as the business partners of the year.
The education partner of the year award went to the Military Child Education Coalition while the Third Battalion, 227th Aviation regiment was recognized as the volunteer of the year.
Belton Mayor Marion Grayson, a 1976 graduate of Belton High School, was the 2015 Alumna of the Year.
After presenting the awards, the event’s other emcee, Mia Garcia, a senior at Belton New Tech High School @Waskow, observed, “It’s great to be in a room filled with people who support our schools.”
According to Kincannon, more than 200 community leaders attended the luncheon setting a new record for the event.
“That’s wonderful, and also a very good indicator of the way that this community supports our schools,” she added.
Guests also enjoyed musical performances by the Belton High School Jazz Band and a quartet of students, who were selected earlier this year for the Texas Music Educators Association’s all-state choirs.