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Teachers and Students Honored in Essay and Art Contest

Massanutten Regional Library announced the winners of its annual Robert B. and Gladys Hopkins Strickler Honored Teachers Writing Contest Thursday, May 9.
Bobbie Arbogast, challenge teacher at John C. Myers and Lacey Spring Elementary, was honored with the special recognition of “Honored Teacher of the Year” and a $500 winning prize for John C. Meyers Elementary.  Ms. Arbogast was honored by Jordyn Yoder, one of her students at John C. Myers who had written the essay describing her.  Arbogast was given a plaque and a floral bouquet.
Students from Harrisonburg City, Rockingham and Page County Schools were invited to write an original essay or poem about a current or former teacher who has had an impact on their life.  The contest, now in its 17th year, climaxed with a reception at the Main Branch of Massanutten Regional Library for the winning students and teachers and a reading and viewing of the student work.
Authors of the winning essays received monetary awards of $100, $50, and $25 for first, second, and third place respectively. 
The 2013 winning students include: 
Student Teacher
1.) Jessica Craig Tracey Pence, Turner Ashby HS
2.) Meghan Sizemore Crista Clark, Pleasant Valley Elementary
3.) Autumn Wild Shirley Weakley, Page County MS
1.) Madison Pyles Dwayne Jones, Wilbur Pence MS
2.) Alex Osinkosky Sharon Posey, Thomas Harrison MS
3.) Mandi Sherman Maria Dove, Skyline MS
1.) Jordyn Yoder Bobbie Arbogast, John C. Myers Elementary
2.) Kambri Bolla Debbie Sprouse, Smithland Elementary
3.) Elizabeth McClure Laura Henry, Lacey Spring Elementary
1.) Amos Horst Linda King, Fulks Run Elementary
2.) Tiffany Garst Mindy Berry, John Wayland Elementary
3.) Karsyn Sager Michele Sheffer, McGaheysville Elementary
Art Award  
Jonah Witter Etta Howard, McGaheysville Elementary
Students honored their teachers at the ceremony held Thursday evening by reading their essays aloud in front of teachers, parents, and invited guests.
Judging for the contest was performed by the Harrisonburg Kiwanis Club and members of the club also assisted with serving refreshments.  James Gilchrist, secretary of the Harrisonburg Kiwanis, also welcomed the group of educators, parents and students. 

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