SAN BERNARDINO – A handful of High Desert individuals, businesses and organizations were among 29 total nominees announced for the 23rd annual San Bernardino County Education Medal of Honor. The award recognizes community contributions to public education. Twelve school districts in the county are represented among this year’s nominees.
Following judging this month, the chosen six recipients of the Education Medal of Honor will be recognized and announced at a banquet on April 28.
Nominations for the Education Medal of Honor were made in six categories: Volunteer in Action/Community Volunteer; Volunteer in Action/Service Group; Partners in Education/Small Business or Franchise; Partners in Education/Corporation or Government Agency; Excellence in Education/ Education Professional; and Excellence in Education/Student Alumni.
The Education Medal of Honor program is sponsored by the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools, the San Bernardino County School Boards Association and the County Communicators Network. School public relations specialists in Riverside County are judging this year’s entries.
Local nominees are listed below by school district:
Apple Valley Unified School District
- Apple Valley Police Activities League, Volunteer in Action/Service Group
- Eric Schmidt, president of Exquadrum, Partners in Education/ Small Business or Franchise
- Violette Roberts, executive chair of Mojave Environmental Education Consortium, Volunteer in Action/ Service Group
Hesperia Unified School District
- Chet Watts, president, and Tim Watts, chief operating officer for Victorville Motors, Partners in Education/Corporation or Government Agency
Silver Valley Unified School District
- Stefan Cvijanovich, principal at Silver Valley High School, Excellence in Education/Education Professional
- Robyn Helmers, president of Parent-Teacher Organization, Fort Irwin Middle School, Volunteer in Action/Community Volunteer
- Mike Meyer, teacher at Fort Irwin Middle School, Excellence in Education/Education Professional
- Natalie Velasco, counselor at Fort Irwin Middle School, Excellence in Education/Education Professional
San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools
- The Rev. Sam Casey, executive director of Congregations Organized for Prophetic Engagement, or COPE, Volunteer in Action/Service Group
For more information, call the SBCSS Communications Department at 909-386-2413.
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