Conestoga Valley honors Smoketown guidance counselor
BY DEAN LEE EVANS, Correspondent
Kathy Slick is always ready to go that extra mile for her students -- even after the workday has ended.
Slick, a guidance counselor at Smoketown Elementary School and a 23-year veteran of the Conestoga Valley School District, received the school board's Award of Excellence during a meeting Monday, April 15.
"Kathy Slick possess many of the outstanding qualities that the board had in mind when we began this program," said Daryl Stoltzfus, school board president. "Kathy, we salute you."
In addition to her normal duties, Slick also addresses daily disciplinary issues in the school or on buses, and is involved with the class meeting committee, school yearbook, PTO and school response team.
"She works collaboratively with the building principal and staff to address the needs of our parents and students," Stoltzfus said.
Slick was humbled by the award and standing ovation she received.
"I appreciate my principal," she said. "And I enjoy working with you," she added, speaking to superintendent Gerald Huesken.
The Award of Excellence is given to employees in recognition of outstanding service to the district. A school principal, staff member or resident of the community can submit the name of an employee for consideration.
Also at the meeting, the board also recognized several other students and staff for their recent achievements, including:
n Students of the month at the high school: Peter Maldonado for academics, Josh Duffy for activities and athletics, Sarah Longenecker for visual arts, Joshua Martin for technology, Amanda Haefner for technology, Hunter Davies for citizenship and Anthony Scheuerman for music
n Hannah Mulondo, who was named student of the month by the Paradise Rotary.
n Sue Fisher and the staff, cast and crew of the middle school play for the March production of "Don't Rock the Boat."
n Jill Gagliano and the staff, cast, and crew for this month's high school production of "Legally Blonde."
n Anthony Scheuerman, who participated in All State Orchestra; Todd Skelton, who was part of All State Band, and Scheuerman and Brooke Mead, who were in the All Eastern Orchestra.
n Karissa Chow, a high school senior who qualified to participate in the national Chemistry Olympiad this month.
n Sarah Krause, a high school senior who received a President's Volunteer Service Award from President Obama.
n Coaches and students noted among the Lancaster Newspapers All-Stars for the winter sports season, including high school teacher Trent Turner, who was named Section 2 wrestling coach of the year.
n Rodney Rippy, a high school junior who won the Eastern PA bowling championship and placed eighth in states.
n Todd Wilson, a high school freshman who qualified for the PIAA state swimming championships.
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