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5 Honored as MCUSD 223 Those Who Excel Winners

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Michele McDevitt, Jacqueline Arjes, Dave Babcock, Chad Hoefle, and the Family Literacy Night Team will all be honored as Those Who Excel Honorees at a banquet hosted by the Illinois State Board of Education in Bloomington-Normal on October 19th. Meridian CUSD honored each of their nominees for this state-wide honor last school-year and received notice of their recognition this week. Meridian is exceptionally proud of the honorees and the work they do on behalf of our students and community.

The Illinois State Board of Education annually sponsors Those Who Excel to honor individuals who have made significant contributions to our state's public and nonpublic elementary and secondary schools. Excellence, Meritorious Service and Special Recognition awards are presented in seven categories: classroom teacher, school administrator/principal, student support personnel (licensed), educational service personnel (unlicensed), school board member/community volunteer; team, and early career educator. Nomination materials are evaluated by a selection committee comprised of individuals who represent a variety of educational organizations. Awards of Excellence winners in the classroom teacher category are finalists for the Illinois Teacher of the Year. Local school district leaders and members of school communities nominate candidates.

Meridian winners were in the following categories:

• Michele McDevitt won an award of Recognition for work as a classroom teacher. 
• Jacqueline Arjes won an award of Merit for work as an early career educator.
• Dave Babcock won an award of Merit for work for his work as a member of our support staff.
• Chad Hoefle won an award of Recognition for his work as a community volunteer. 
• The Family Literacy Night Team won an award of Recognition for their work as a team.

Meridian CUSD 223 Superintendent PJ Caposey stated, “The Those Who Excel program is about honoring those who are truly exceptional within your district and then entering them into a competition to recognize their incredible efforts at the state level. I am incredibly proud of the work of those we nominated for these distinguished awards and am happy they will be publicly recognized for their outstanding contributions to our district and to the work of educating the students of our state.”