GRANDVIEW – There are several members of the community of Grandview who step up regularly, dedicating themselves to making the lives of others better.
Last Friday, a number of those dedicated individuals were honored at the Grandview Chamber of Commerce community awards banquet.
Visibly surprised was Jessica Hansen, who was named the Person of the Year.
She is the executive director for the Port of Grandview. But, Hansen doesn’t believe her commitment to the community stops when she leaves the office. She is a member of the Rotary, Kiwanis and Chamber of Commerce. She has also picked up the torch, serving as the annual Yakima Valley Fair Parade chairperson.
Hansen, as the community’s Person of the Year, will be this year’s Yakima Valley Fair Parade grand marshal.
“She is a valuable member of the community,” said Mayor Norm Childress, emcee at Friday’s banquet.
Presented the Community Development Award was Ruth Dirk, who last year published her book Grandview.
Via the work she completed for the book, Dirk compiled a number of photographs and a vast amount of information about the community that is now being used in the Washington state historic archives.
Eric Charvet was named the recipient of the Orrin Dybdahl Award for his work with the Grandview Parks and Recreation Department.
He volunteered as an intern for the department, dedicating hours of service to Grandview’s youth.
The Volunteer of the Year Award was presented to Martina Charvet, who is the Yakima Valley Fair and Rodeo Foundation chair. She has worked with the fair for 50 years.
Her efforts, said Childress, have contributed to the growth of the fair and rodeo, including the recent installation of new bleachers on the rodeo grounds.
Mid Valley Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram was named the business of the year.
Childress noted the dealership’s dedication to the community, donating vehicles, boats and trailers for community events. He said the dealership makes it possible for the community float to travel to parades each year via a truck used to tow the float trailer. Last year, the dealership donated a boat for the Miss Grandview court to ride in during parades.
Grandview School District employees and students were also recognized at the banquet.
Named employee of the year at Compass High School was Matthew Roehl, the school’s physical education teacher.
Principal Kim Casey said his enthusiasm for fitness has become contagious at the school. Students and staff alike are excited about his programs.
The student of the year at Compass High School is Anthony Martinez, whom Casey said serves as a leader, setting an example for other students. She said he brightens everyone’s day with his “contagious smile,” and has volunteered approximately 30 hours of his time to the school’s technology department.
Grandview Middle School Assistant Principal Carol Bardwell recognized Counselor Joyce Golob as the employee of the year.
She was heralded for going above and beyond for the students at the middle school, having served as a chaperone for dances, organized several events and coordinating with the Extra Mile Student Center.
“She’s always positive,” said Bardwell.
Named student of the year at Grandview Middle School was Dominique Ashley, an eighth grade student who inspires others.
“She is simply one of the nicest and most polite students,” said Bardwell, noting Ashley volunteers for various projects and takes on challenges in a positive manner.
The A.E. Smith Elementary School employee of the year is Christy Rodriguez.
The head secretary was lauded for helping administrators, ensuring families of students have food in their homes and sharing hugs with anyone in need of one.
Sashalee Oseguera was named A.E. Smith Elementary School’s student of the year.
The fifth grader was heralded for always encouraging others to be their best. She is said to be hard-working, responsible and selfless. Although her family lost their home to a fire, here first concern is for other people.
Named employee of the year at Harriet Thompson Elementary School was Aaron Cockrum, who teaches fifth grade.
Assistant Principal George Graf said Cockrum “…is a person of honesty and integrity.”
The student of the year is Ferrell Medina, whom Graf said is known as a quiet individual.
“When he speaks everyone knows what he says will be insightful and meaningful…he’s wise as a fifth grader,” said Graf.
It was McClure Elementary School Principal Jose Rivera who next introduced that school’s employee of the year, Edie Graf, and student of the year, Mikaela Ramos.
He said Graf engages students and staff, alike. She is a “powerful” educator, according to Rivera.
Ramos, he said, is one of many worthy students. What sets her apart is her willingness to help others, particularly in math.
Grandview High School’s award recipients were not in attendance, but Brad Charvet was named employee of the year and Hector Pina was named student of the year.
The stage was later used to recognize members of community organizations, as well as the police department and fire department who have made an impact on the community.
Named the Rotarian of the Year was Gloria Mendoza, and the Kiwanian of the Year and Everyday Hero was Pam Horner.
Presented the Grandview Police Officer of the Year Award was Mike Chilson, the Outstanding Firefighter of the Year Award was presented to Jose Cavasos and named top responder was Deputy Fire Chief Dave Smith.
Mike Bradshaw was named the recipient of the Chamber President Award, and Grandview High School Key Club President Susana Benitez was named the recipient of a $1,000 academic scholarship award from the Kiwanis Club.
“There are great things going on in Grandview,” said Childress.