The January 2014 recipients honored were Jennifer Kloet and student Lillian Patterson for A.L. Burruss Elementary; Stephanie Thurston and student Ania Mendoza for Dunleith Elementary; Adrian West and student Keiayrah Burley for Hickory Hills Elementary; Ashley Sweat and student Michelle Olivares for Lockheed Elementary; Amanda Montgomery and student Ashley Gariela Segovia for Park Street Elementary; Amy Crandall and student Katherine Goodman for the Marietta Center for Advanced Academics; Terri Pellegrino and student Berenice Cerda for Sawyer Road Elementary; Alex Musto and student Chapman Clarke for Westside Elementary; Tootie Berniard and student Sarah Weaver for Marietta 6th Grade Academy; Anthony Booker and student Fionn Brown for Marietta Middle School; Lucila Berdugo and student Muna Aniemika for Marietta High School; Tanya Griggs and student Nichole Wilson for Marietta Performance Learning Center; and James Mitchell from the County Office. Special to the MDJ
The Kiwanis Club of Marietta honored the January 2014 recipients of the Quarterly GEM Awards at a festive luncheon held at the Marietta First United Methodist Church. Developed in 1996 by members Jan Blodgett and Jackie Whitt to recognize educators and students who “go the extra mile” for their community, each school in the Marietta school system has a plaque displaying the names of all former and current recipients. Nominations are accepted each quarter from fellow teachers and are voted upon by their peers. Fellow Kiwanian Emily Lembeck, Marietta City Schools Superintendent, gave the club an update on the award-winning innovation of the numerous programs within the system.