LampLighter Awards

The 2017 Lamplighter Awards Banquet held on Thursday, April 6, at Pinecrest Country Club was a great success with 300 people attending. The evening gave students an opportunity to express their genuine appreciation to educators whom they respect and admire. At the fifteenth annual banquet,Nell Ward, Foundation president, and Brian Shobert, emcees, presented each student and honoree with a Lamplighter Award and read an excerpt from the student’s essay about the educator being honored. While each essay was unique, they all paid tribute to the same qualities students think outstanding educators should possess—a nurturing, encouraging spirit, a listening ear, a competitive spirit, the ability to offer good advice, a willingness to serve as a parent when needed, and a love of teaching and children. Because the essay epitomized the essence of the children's book, My Great-Aunt Arizona by Gloria Houston, on which the Lamplighter Awards is based, four students concluded the evening by reading their essays about their special educators.

Because of the generosity of Heart of the Community, Champion, Sustainer, Advocate, Benefactor and Friend sponsors for the banquet and Henry and Moore Jewelry, Ronnie Rice and NWS/National Wholesale Supply, Jeanie Folzenlogen, and Pizza King, who donated this year’s raffle items, the Longview ISD Foundation raised $43,000 for its annual Great Rewards for Great Ideas grant program and Campus Initiative Grants Program.

Since 1996, the Foundation has funded 644 grants, returning $656,613.20 to LISD classrooms. In addition to strengthening academics, the grants have also funded projects in art, music, technology, counseling and guidance, character education, and physical and health education. In addition to these grants, since 2008, the Longview ISD Foundation, Inc. has funded twenty-seven Campus Initiative Grants for a total of $70,735.52 to improve overall student achievement on LISD campuses.

The Longview ISD Foundation, Inc. sincerely thanks the sponsors of the 2017 Lamplighter Awards banquet whose overwhelming generosity made the event possible.

2017 Lamplighter Essay Competition Winners and Honorees

Bramlette Elementary School
Shandra Spady honored and Fatima Traore
Ned E. Williams Elementary School
Dr. Dionne Williams honored by Trevon Thompson
J.L. Everhart Elementary School
Amy Streetman honored by Hector Rodriguez
Forest Park Middle School
Kamala Weaver honored by Julisa Vazquez
Hudson Elementary School
Constance Massey honored by Maggie Mayes
Judson Middle School
Sharon Fowler honored by Emily Tran
Johnston-McQueen Elementary School
Shelia Faulks honored by Demontrez Simmons
Longview High School
Pam Mercer McWilliams honored by Abby Jester,
Sharon Rettig honored by Khadajah Colbert, 
Kendra Bush Collins honored by Diana Soto
South Ward Elementary School
Everardo Delmas honored by Yadira Torres
Longview Early Graduation High School
Barry Thompson honored by Salomua Travita
Ware Elementary School
Kendra Collins honored by Farrah Woods
Foster Middle School
       Christi Shobert honored by Averie Shobert

Lamplighter Awards donated by The Clowers Company

Raffle Items donated by Henry and Moore Jewelry, Ronnie Rice and NWS/National Wholesale Supply, Jeanie Folzenlogen,
and Pizza King


Heart of the Community Sponsors
Chick-fil-A Ward, Smith and Hill Law Firm Anonymous Donor
Linebarger Goggan Blair and Sampson, LLP The Monsour Law Firm

Champions of the Foundation
AEP Southwestern Electric Power Company Sherman Briscoe Wilkinson Orthodontics Eastman Chemical Company
Citizens National Bank East Texas Endodontics-Dr. Mark Camp and Dr. John Ross Super 1 Foods
Longview Regional Medical Center Andy Mack and Chris Johnson, East Texas Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Associates Westlake Chemical Corporation
Southside Bank Huckabee Community Excellence Fund in the North Texas Community Foundation Zeid Women's Health Center
Forbes and Butler Visual Communication, Inc. Marge Dome

Sustainers of the Foundation
Texas Bank and Trust LeTourneau University

Advocates of the Foundation
Kim and Matt Holcomb Leslie and Cameron Carlile Diagnostic Clinic of Longview
Joyce Crane, Inc. Hudson PEP Elementary School PTO Nikki Briscoe
The Made-Rite Company Longview Orthopaedic Clinic Mr. and Mrs. Jon Ruff
Whitney and Troy Schaap Foster Middle School PTA Scott Energy Technologies
Drs. Alex and Todd Waltrip Ancor Health Center/ Christopher Ihionkhan CHRISTUS Good Shepherd Health System
Kay and John Ray East Texas Professional Credit Union Johnny's Pizza

Benefactors of the Foundation
Johnston-McQueen Elementary School PTA Meredith Roel Boon, Calk, Echols, Coleman and Goolsby, PLLC
Dr. Kelly Mack W. R. Welborn and Son, Inc. Bramlette Elementary School PTA
McAlister's Deli MALL Energy, Inc. Casa Flora
Bar K Ranch Store/Mary and Miles Darby Longview High School PTO LeGrande and Cassandra Northcutt Donors Advised Fund at the East Texas Communities Foundation
Brian Dolive, DDS Claire Roberts English The Gregg Orr Auto Collection
Ginny and Terry Foster Renese and David Henderson Shelby and Mike Snell
Gans and Smith Insurance Agency, Inc. Margaret and Richard Wade Spring Hill State Bank
Rebecca Jenkins Melton Raising Cane's Cissy and T. John Ward
Louis Morgan Drug IV Nicole and Chandler Buie Amy and Brian Williams
Paula and Dale Poole Pallavi and Srinivas Rangu

Friends of the Foundation
ABC Printing Marci and Darren Duvall Chipotle
Sally Gossett Barron, LPC- Emily Erisman Myers Stacey and Doug Holder
Helene and Jack Hall Coffee News of East Texas Kane Security Company
Master Travel - Lou Anne Hughes LeBus International, Inc J. Scott Novy, Attorney at Law
Brian and Kimberly Mendenhall Heidi and Kendall Archer Dr. and Mrs. James K. Simons
Kim and Greg Wright BTH Bank Stevens Henry, PLLC
Lanie and Jack Lenhart
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