GRANDVIEW - In what she hailed the highlight of her life, Cookie Shannon was selected Grandview's Person of the Year at Thursday night's annual Chamber of Commerce Community Awards Banquet.
"All the people nominated...I can think of a hundred reasons why they should be up here," said Shannon of the honor, which is voted on by both chamber members and the community at large.
In announcing Shannon's recognition, incoming Grandview Chamber of Commerce President Brad Smith said, "She is someone who, immediately upon my beginning of the last 10 years I've spent here in Grandview and the chamber, I identified as a fixture in the community."
Shannon is director of the Grandview Junior Miss program, helps work on the float, works on the Grandview High School alumni picnic every year and served recently on Grandview's Centennial Committee, which also garnered an award.
The committee earned the Outstanding Volunteer award. Chamber Vice President Joan Souders said of the committee, "They helped show people how much their roots, history and hometown means to them."
Shannon was also selected as the Past Service award winner. "The things I do, that I participate in, I do because I enjoy doing it," she said.
The outstanding volunteer, outstanding business, economic development and Orrin Dybdahl Youth Award are also selected by residents and chamber members.
Chamber board member Ron Sexton announced the owners of the Su Mercado grocery store, Jose and Maria Alcanter, as the Economic Development award winners. The downtown Grandview store was ravaged by fire in July 2008 and the owners rebuilt immediately. Sexton said they are the first Grandview business owners to adhere to the city's new design code.
Two businesses tied for the Outstanding Business award: Ace Hardware and Bleyhl's.
Selected as the recipients of the Orrin Dybdahl Youth Award was the Grandview Rotary Swim Team, coaches and parents.
Souders has been serving as the president pro tem for many months and, as such, selected the recipient of the President's Award, Sandy Childress. Selected for the Time and Commitment award by Souders was Dale Burgeson.
Other award recipients are voted on by their peers, like Grandview's Police Officer of the Year, Lupe Martin, whom Police Chief Dave Charvet said was selected for his high level of professionalism. Grandview's Firefighter of the Year, Craig Taylor, was also selected by his peers. The First Responder of the Year awarded by the fire department is given to the volunteer who answers the most calls for service. This year, and for the past couple of years, the award was given to Eric Stanton.
The banquet kicked off with announcement of the Mayor's Beautification Award winner, selected by Mayor Norm Childress. The honor last night went to Gemstones Leisure Hall, owned by Gloria Mendoza. Coincidentally, Mendoza donated the use of the hall for last night's awards banquet.
The awards banquet is also when each school in the Grandview School District announces its teacher of the year and student of the year award recipients.
Arthur H. Smith Elementary School selected Sue Denton as its Teacher of the Year and Josie Derrick as the Student of the Year. Harriet Thompson Elementary School's Abigail Cromwell is Student of the Year and Rachel Roders is the Teacher of the Year. McClure Elementary School selected David Campos and Rafael Magana for the Teacher of the Year and Student of the Year awards, respectively.
Grandview Middle School's Student of the Year award recipient is Brendan Bardwell. Jodi Sabin was selected by her peers for Teacher of the Year honors.
Grandview's High School's Teacher of the Year award recipient is Kelley Ledgerwood. Student of the Year honors went to Isaac Alaniz.
Compass High School honored Gary Lovendusky as Teacher of the Year and Robert Lara as its Student of the Year.