Staff, Students Recognized for Work Ethic, Dedication During Fantastic 49
At a typical Fantastic 49 celebration, sentiments share a common theme, touching on hard work and commitment to District 49. Once again, the presentation before the April 11 BOE meeting included warm accolades for students and two D49 staff members, plus a district-wide department.
The evening began with a celebration for Bella Mitchell, a junior from Vista Ridge High School, who made history as the first female to capture a state wrestling title. “On and off the mat, she is an inspiration to me,” remarked Eric Everard, her coach. “To be a state champion, you have to do a whole lot more than just show up.”
The D49 nutrition services department was applauded for earning a near-perfect CDE audit. “You all should be very proud of yourselves,” shared BOE Vice President John Graham. “To only have one discrepancy, you’ve shown how much you care.” Chief Operations Officer Pedro Almeida echoed the praise. “They care about what they are doing,” he shared with the audience. “They care about being part of a team.”
Jackie Sieben, free and reduced processor for nutrition services, received individual kudos for completing federal requirements with zero errors to provide meal benefits to 4,700 students. “Jackie is very dedicated, compassionate and a rule follower,” stated Monica Deines-Henderson, director of nutrition services. “This is why our audit went so well.”
Falcon Elementary Building Manager Cornel Muresan received praise for making the school shine with projects like painting Freedom Hall – a mural depicting the American flag spanning an entire corridor at FESoT. Muresan was quick to give all the glory to his parents. “They are the ones who taught me to work harder when no one is watching. They taught me how to put a smile on people’s faces,” he shared.
The event wrapped up by honoring Girl Scout Troop #43820 for installing a rain barrel at Meridian Ranch Elementary School. “We want to thank these students for the sustainable water project they put in at our school,” commented Sheehan Freeman-Todd, principal at MRES. The Girl Scouts developed the project on their own, which earned them a Bronze Award, the third highest a Girl Scout can attain.