LampLighter Awards

The 2016 Lamplighter Awards Banquet held on Thursday, April 7, at Pinecrest Country Club was a great success with 337 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, Kim Holcomb 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.

Jordan Morgan, fifth grader at J. L. Everhart Elementary School, honored her strings teacher, Archie Jones; Matthew Reed, eighth grader at Foster Middle School, honored his seventh grade language arts teacher, Cindy Johnson; Armando Arroyo, senior at Longview High School, honored his welding teacher, Robert Stanley; and Addison Holcomb, senior at Longview High School, posthumously honored her second grade teacher at Hudson PEP Elementary School, Jaime Halcumb.

Because of the generosity of Heart of the Community, Champion, Sustainer, Advocate, Benefactor and Friend sponsors for the banquet and McCarley's Jewelry, Ronnie Rice and NWS/National Wholesale Supply, Lobo Tire and Auto Repair, Air U Trampoline Park, and Top Shot Indoor Shooting Range, who donated this year’s raffle items, the Longview ISD Foundation raised $40,000 for its annual Great Rewards for Great Ideas grant program and Campus Initiative Grants Program.

Since 1996, the Foundation has funded 626 grants, returning $626,468.30 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-five Campus Initiative Grants for a total of $65,738.62 to improve overall student achievement on LISD campuses.

The Longview ISD Foundation, Inc. sincerely thanks the sponsors of the 2016 Lamplighter Awards banquet whose overwhelming generosity made the event possible..

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2016 Lamplighter Essay Competition Winners and Honorees

Bramlette Elementary School
Gwen Jeffery honored by Carson Smolko
Ned E. Williams Elementary School
Whitney Maglott honored by Vanesa Orona
J.L. Everhart Elementary School
Archie Jones honored by Jordan Morgan
Forest Park Middle School
John Derr honored by Marissa Arellano
Hudson Elementary School
Ashley McClanahan honored by Hannah McCrory
Judson Middle School
Freddye O'Quinn honored by Savannah Humphrey
South Ward Elementary School
Isrrael Vazquez honored by Carolina Hernandez
Longview High School
Robert Stanley honored by Armando Arroyo
Jaime Halcumb honored posthumously by Addison Holcomb
Ware Elementary School
Kiley Taylor honored by Karina Hernandez
Longview Early Graduation High School
Pam Anthony honored by Claudia Mason
Johnston-McQueen Elementary School
Shawna Casey honored by Lenore Martin
Foster Middle School
Cindy Johnson honored by Matthew Reed
Helen Davis honored by Carly Snyder

2016 Lamplighter Awards Banquet Sponsors

Lamplighter Awards donated by The Clowers Company

Raffle Items donated by McCarley's Jewelry, Ronnie Rice and NWS/National Wholesale Supply, Lobo Tire and Auto Repair, Air Trampoline Park, and Top Shot Indoor Shooting Range 


Heart of the Community Sponsors
AEP Southwestern Electric Power Company Linebarger Goggan Blair and Sampson, LLP The Monsour Law Firm
Chick-fil-A Huckabee Community Excellence Fund in the Community Foundation of North Texas

Champions of the Foundation
Citizens National Bank Brookshire Grocery Company East Texas Endodontics-Dr. Mark Camp and Dr. John Ross
Longview Regional Medical Center Good Shepherd Medical Center Andy Mack and Chris Johnson, East Texas Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Associates
Southside Bank Johnson and Pace Incorporated Nell and Johnny Ward
Forbes and Butler Visual Communication, Inc. Sherman Briscoe Wilkinson Orthodontics

Sustainers of the Foundation
Texas Bank and Trust

Advocates of the Foundation
Kim and Matt Holcomb Hudson PEP Elementary School PTA Diagnostic Clinic of Longview
Joyce Crane, Inc. Longview Orthopaedic Clinic Lori and Eric Ruff
The Made-Rite Company Foster Middle School PTA Nikki and Dylan Briscoe
Whitney and Troy Schaap Ancor Health Center/ Christopher Ihionkhan Rhonda and Rod Bullard
Drs. Alex and Todd Waltrip East Texas Professional Credit Union Cajun Steamer
Kay and John Ray Julie and Travis Lundy Mr. and Mrs. Jon Ruff
Leslie and Cameron Carlile

Benefactors of the Foundation
Johnston-McQueen Elementary School PTA Louis Morgan Drug IV Claire Roberts English
Dr. Kelly Mack Paula and Dale Poole Renese and David Henderson
McAlister's Deli RLM General Contractors Lanie and Jack Lenhart
Bar K Ranch Store/Mary and Miles Darby Meredith Roel Margaret and Richard Wade
Brian Dolive, DDS W. R. Welborn and Son, Inc. I. E. Willis, Jr. DPM, PC
Ginny and Terry Foster MALL Energy, Inc. Ellie Bee's Paper and Gifts
Gans and Smith Insurance Agency, Inc. Glenn and Shelley McDonald Raising Cane's
Hugman Architecture and Construction County Judge Bill Stoudt LHS Class of 1955
Judson Middle School PTA Longview High School PTO Daphne and Blake Scott
Rebecca Jenkins Melton Barbara and Walter Bennett Pallavi and Srinivas Rangu

Friends of the Foundation
ABC Printing Brian and Kimberly Mendenhall Coffee News of East Texas
Austin Bank Kim and Greg Wright LeBus International, Inc
Sally Gossett Barron, LPC- Marci and Darren Duvall LHS Class of 1985
Helene and Jack Halll Emily Erisman Myers Dr. Joseph and Betsy Pistone
Lobo Tire and Auto Repair Air U Trampoline Park Pro-Motions Marketing Specialties
Master Travel - Lou Anne Hughes Nicole and Chandler Buie Jeanne Scott
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