Bullard students, teachers and staff members received high honors for their work at this year’s Bullard Education Foundation Achievement Recognition Banquet.
The banquet, in its third year, took place Sunday at Eagle’s Bluff Country Club with 120 in attendance, according to a news release.
During the event, 18 Bullard seniors were honored, not only for their academic achievement, but because they’ve “shown a demonstrated commitment to leadership, building personal relationships and inspiring their peers,” the release states.
“It’s really more some kids who have stood out as being influential among their peers, who have done an excellent job in and out of the classroom,” Foundation President Darren Davis said Tuesday afternoon.
The students also chose a teacher or staff member who influenced them, and they were honored. Davis said some honorees were nominated for the first time.
Students honored were Tianna Ballard, Zachary Begley, Jake Bickerstaff, Cassandra Braaten, Jacob Cotton, Amanda Estes, Chelsea Foreman, Sara Grace French, Ashley Frost, Maddison Malone, Taylor McIntyre, J.T. Moss, Colton Price, Jeremy Rhoades, Dylan Searcy, Minta Spears, Kathryn Shumate and Emily Voyles.
Teachers and staff members honored were Dane Ashley, Nancy Brinson, Helene Cortinas, Stu Dildine, Jennifer Dorsey, Tabitha Hippler, Andy Kendrick, Greg Kirpatrick, Carl Logan, Carol Martin, Amy McKeethan, Donna Nicholson, Jacie Smith and Lisa Williams.
“These are always going to go good,” Davis said of the banquets. “It’s kind of a happy time. You’re honoring a student and their (work, and) it really helps the teacher answer the question ‘Is this all worth it?’”
He added, “It’s really to tell the kids … ‘Job well done’ and ‘We notice,’ and the second part really is to say to the teachers and staff members ‘You really are making a difference out there in the lives of kids.’”
According to a news release, the recognition banquet is part of the foundation’s mission to promote and recognize excellence in Bullard ISD.
And as the last foundation event for the school year, it’s a good way to finish, Davis said.
“We hope that it allows really not only the teachers and kids but the community in general to see the impact the foundation is having in the district,” he said.