Lamplighter Awards

The 2014 Lamplighter Awards Banquet held on Thursday, April 10, at Pinecrest Country Club was a great success with 330 people attending. Foremost, the evening gave students an opportunity to express their genuine appreciation to educators whom they respect and admire. At the fourteenth annual banquet, Kim Holcomb and Gene Jordan, Jr., 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— encourage students to develop their talents and interests; serve as role models so that students make good choices; encourage students to be their best, even striving for perfection, knowing that no one is truly perfect; show interest in students' lives and interests; and teach with thoughtfulness and lots of patience. Four students concluded the program by reading their essays, for their essays best embodied the children's book, My Great-Aunt Arizona by Gloria Houston, that students read for inspiration for their essays. Those students Jenifer Floyd, fifth grader at Hudson PEP Elementary School; Alexander Bearden, fifth grader at Johnston-McQueen Elementary School; Dalton Serrato, fifth grader at South Ward Elementary School; and Lucia Lopez, senior at Longview High School.

Each year the Foundation honors a retired LISD employee who has been instrumental in the tradition of success of Longview ISD. This year at the banquet the Foundation awarded the twelfth annual Cornerstone Award to Madolyn Scott, retired fifth grade teacher from Johnston-McQueen Elementary School, community volunteer, and board member of the Longview ISD Foundation, Inc., for her dedicated service to LISD students and to the Foundation.

Because of the generosity of Heart of the Community, Champion, Sustainer, Advocate, Benefactor and Friend sponsors for the banquet and McCarley's Jewelry, Morrison Supply Company and Ronnie Rice, Jeanie Folzenlogen, and Lobo Tire and Auto Repair, who donated this year’s raffle items, the Longview ISD Foundation raised $41,524.00 to provide funds for its annual Grants-to-Teachers Program and Campus Initiative Grants Program. Since 1996, the Foundation has funded 573 grants through the Grants-to-Teachers Program, returning $535,294.02 to Longview ISD teachers, counselors, librarians, and nurses so that they can provide the very best education possible for their students. In addition, the Longview ISD Foundation has funded seventeen Campus Initiative Grants for a total of $48,240.67 to enhance programs that align with campus and district improvement plans to increase student achievement.

In the nineteen year history of the Foundation, it has returned a total of $583,534.69 in support of LISD educators and students and quality education in the Longview Independent School District.

The Longview ISD Foundation, Inc. sincerely thanks the sponsors for the 2014 Lamplighter Awards banquet.

2014 Lamplighter Essay Competition Winners and Honorees

Bramlette Elementary School
Cindy Zuniga honored by Daniela Robles
Ned E. Williams Elementary School
Obelia Johnson honored by Annabelle Alvarez
J.L. Everhart Elementary School
Heather Gibson honored by Chatiryn Butler
Forest Park Middle School
Sylverlene Williams honored by Malayka Taylor
Hudson Elementary School
Emily Holloway honored by Jenifer Floyd
Judson Middle School
Brittany Tarkington honored by Alyssa Jester
South Ward Elementary School
Susan Haygood Bell honored by Dalton Serrato
Longview High School
Sybil Blacklock honored by Markeisha Jones and Kevin Berns honored by Lucia Lopez
Ware Elementary School
Melanie Hamilton honored by Aracely Briseno
L.E.A.D. Academy High School
Gayle Poland honored by Amanda Moore
Johnston-McQueen Elementary School
Beverly Campbell honored by Alexander Bearden
Foster Middle School
Margaret Wright honored by Danielle Anderson

2014 Lamplighter Awards Banquet Sponsors

Lamplighter Awards donated by The Clowers Company

Raffle Items donated by McCarley's Jewelry, Morrison Supply Company and Ronnie Rice, Jeanie Folzenlogen, and Lobo Tire & Auto Repair. Door Prizes donated by Chick-fil-A, Ellie Bee’s Paper and Gifts, and Longview ISD Foundation, Inc.

Heart of the Community Sponsors
AEP Southwestern Electric Power Company
The Monsour Law Firm
Johnson and Pace Incorporated

Champions of the Foundation
Johnny Cace's Seafood and Steak House
Eastman Chemical Company
East Texas Endodontics
Huckabee and Associations, Inc.
Citizens National Bank
Longview Regional Medical Center
East Texas Endodontics, Dr. Mark Camp and Dr. John Ross
Southside Bank
Forbes and Butler Visual Communication, Inc.
Brookshire Grocery Company
Linebarger Goggan Blair and Sampson, LLP
Ward and Smith Law Firm
Johnston-McQueen Elementary School PTA
Mr. and Mrs. Jon B. Ruff

Sustainers of the Foundation
Texas Bank and Trust
Albritton Law Firm
Good Shepherd Medical Center

Advocates of the Foundation
Dr. and Mrs. Matt Holcomb
Joyce Crane, Inc.
LeBus International, Inc.
Dr. Kelly Mack
The Made-Rite Company
LeGrande and Cassandra Northcutt Donor Advised Fund at East Texas Communites Foundation
Whitney and Troy Schaap
Sherman, Sherman and Briscoe Orthodontics
Spring Hill State Bank
Dr. and Mrs.Todd Waltrip
McAlister's Deli
Kay and John Ray
Leslie and Cameron Carlile
Hudson PEP Elementary School PTA
Longview Orthopaedic Clinic
New Orleans Gardens
Frank Taggart and Company

Benefactors of the Foundation
Sandi and Kevin Araiza
Bar K Ranch Store/Mary and Miles Darby
Bramlette Elementary School PTA
Cheeburger Cheeburger
The Corner Bakery Cafe
Brian Dolive, DDS
Jyothi and Venkatesh Donty
Ginny and Terry Foster
Foster Middle School PTA
Gans and Smith Insurance Agency, Inc.
Roger and Carmen Hohlt
Stacey and Doug Holder
Hugman Architecture and Construction
Christopher Ihionkhan/Ancor Health Center
Judson Middle School PTA
Longview Foundation
Rebecca Jenkins Melton
Louis Morgan Drug IV
Paula and Dale Poole
RLM General Contractors
Meredith and Raul Roel
Shelby and Mike Snell
Mr. C. C. Turner
W. R. Welborn and Son, Inc.
Amy and Brian Williams
Shirley Williams

Friends of the Foundation
ABC Printing
Heidi and Kendall Archer
Austin Bank
Sally Gossett Barron, LP-S
Community Bank
East Texas Professional Credit Union
Mr. and Mrs. Jack C. Hall
Headhunter's Salon
Lanie and Jack Lenhart
Lobo Tire and Auto Repair
Longview ISD Council of PTAs
Master Travel - Lou Anne Hughes
Glenn and Shelley McDonald
Brian and Kimberly Mendenhall
Pegues Hurst Motor Company
Polk Mediation Services
Mary and Roy Price
Srinivas and Pallavi Rangu
Sam Smead Photocreative
Kim and Greg Wright