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Spring Alumni & Teacher of the Semester Honored

The Galena High School Student Council recently honored two individuals that have made a positive impact on students in the USD #499 school district.  The presentation was made at halftime of the Galena-Frontenac boys basketball game by the GHS Student Council officers:  President Madyson Cox, Vice President Hannah Huffman, Secretary Bradley King, and Utility Officer Adyson DeCocq.


The Outstanding Alumni honored this Spring was Mrs. Susan New.  Mrs. New was a member of the Class of 1984 and is the definition of a woman of integrity.  She is currently the principal at Liberty Elementary and leads the school with grace and confidence every day as the challenges of the day arise.  She is a hard worker and extremely respectful to students, staff and parents.   It is evident that Mrs. New loves being a Bulldog and takes great pride in it.  She is involved with many programs and has many titles, but she always makes time for others, including mentoring three students every week through the Bulldog Buddy program.  Mrs. New makes a positive IMPACT on the people she is around.  


The Spring 2019 Outstanding Teacher being honored was Ms. DeAnn Whited.  This is Ms. Whited’s twelfth year in the Galena School District.  Ms. Whited is a Title 1 paraprofessional and is also in charge of the library in the Gene Russell Media Center and the Accelerated Reader program at Liberty Elementary.   She arranges all the AR trips & incentives and is always willing to have kids come to the library if she is there & help them find books they might like.  She goes above and beyond to help the students in the Galena district.  


Congratulations to both Mrs. New and Ms. Whited for their awards.  The picture plaques they were presented will hang in the entrance hall at the high school for the next year.  Their names will also be listed on the continuous Alumni and Teacher of the Semester plaques that will remain hanging in the GHS entrance hall.


If you are interested in nominating a teacher or alumni for the 2019-20 school year, please email the person's name, along with a brief reason why you feel he/she should receive the award, to news@galena499.org.  Teachers and alumni that have already received the award are not eligible to win again at this time.


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