Jan White, Grandview's Person of the Year

Community awards bestowed during gala celebration

Grandview Person of the Year Janet White laughs as City Councilwoman Joan Souders holds a crown above her head during the community awards gala April 26.

Jessica Quick
Grandview Person of the Year Janet White laughs as City Councilwoman Joan Souders holds a crown above her head during the community awards gala April 26.

— Two of the most notable moments at the Grandview Chamber of Commerce Community

Awards Ceremony on Thursday, April 26, came late, when Jan White was named Person of the Year and retiring Parks and Recreation Director Mike Carpenter was presented the President’s Award.

Chairs made a great noise when the crowd stood to give Carpenter an ovation.


Mike Carpenter

And White made the crowd laugh when she pounced on Carpenter’s new status.

“I was surprised to hear that Mike was going to retire, but then I thought ‘now he can volunteer,’” White said.

A grand collection of community members attended the ceremony in the Gemstones Leisure Hall.

The event was light-hearted, colorful, and filled with laughter. As guests waited for food to be served, they were invited to grab a prop from the center of the table and pose for a selfie.

Then the Grandview royal court-turned-waitresses served the dinner.

The first set of award recipients were the employees and students of the year.

From Harriet Thompson Elementary, Judy Stanton, a paraeducator was recognized as an unsung hero of the elementary school and Employee of the year.

Young Jelena Macias was honored as being one of the most involved students in her school.

Smith Elementary’s Student of the Year was Makaela Dickard, recognized for her dedication to helping other students succeed.

Smith Elementary’s Employee of the Year was Lorena Trujillo, honored for her determination to ensure the success of each of her students.

McClure Elementary, acknowledged Christian Lua as an outstanding and respectful student. Employee of the Year from McClure was one Virginia Maciel.


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Briseida Espinsola, left, and Kim Casey pose for a photograph during the awards gala last week.

The Employee of the Year from Grandview Middle School was Erin Schulz, an advocate for all students.

She advocated for student of the year, Sashalee Oseguera. She was recognized for her growth, transforming from a girl looking to others for solutions to being the one with them.

The High School Student of the Year, Briseida Espindola, came to the event clad in a sash and wearing a crown. She had earlier been crowned a Grandview Princess.

The High School Employee of the Year was music teacher Scott Carson. since he took over, the number of students enrolled in a music course each semester is at a record high.

The city of Grandview is no longer considered a high crime area, thanks in part, to the Police and Fire Departments. The Police Officer of the Year, Scott Ames, could not attend.

The two fire department awards went to Greg Taylor for Outstanding Firefighter, and Omar Gomez for being the Top Responder.

The rest of the awards went to prominent members of the community. Rotarian of the Year went to Eddie Herrera. The Past Service Award went to Doug Smith. Business of the Year was Fast Mobile Service.

The volunteer of the Year Award was shared by Tucker Kellogg and Tammy Ouellette. The Orrin Dygdahl Award went to Gail Boose.

As the President’s Award recipient was named, there was a deafening screech of chairs as the guests all stood to honor Mike Carpenter. He will be retiring this year after many years of service to the Grandview Community.

Finally, the person of the year award went to Janet White, who was applauded with similar enthusiasm to the Carpenter ovation.

To close out the event, each of the award recipients was recalled to the front of the room for a final photo op with their own selfie props.


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