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Shelby Chamber celebrates ACS students, educators

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April 17, 2024
Adapted from the Shelby County Reporter

COLUMBIANA – Educators and students from across the county gathered in the Grande Hall of the Shelby County Arts Council in Columbiana for the 2023-2024 Student and Educator of the Year Awards on Wednesday, April 17. This included our very own Thompson High School senior Marisol Alvarado Resendiz (headed to Brown University on a full scholarship) and teacher/coach Alex Levinson. Additionally, all 2023-2024 ACS Teachers of the Year were honored.

Hosted by the Shelby County Chamber and sponsored by AmFirst, the award ceremony recognized excellence in the classroom and throughout the community by honoring outstanding students and educators in Shelby County. The ceremony began with Warren Averett, COO and the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Chair April Harry commenting on the importance of teachers and schools to the community at large.  

“I love being able to be in this position and represent the county where I live, worship and probably the most important—it’s where my children are educated,” Harry said. “We’ve been very blessed with our education system here in our county.”  

The presenting sponsor of the award ceremony was AmFirst. According to Bill Connor, president and CEO of AmFirst, the company considers it a privilege to be able to sponsor the event.  “We’re really interested in obviously being an active part of the communities that we support,” Connor said. “We certainly value all of our educators in what you do for our students in the county.”  Educators were recognized in three categories, divided by the age level in which they teach, while the students were nominated in two categories, academic leadership and career pathway.

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