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The scholarships can be used for tuition, fees, campus housing, textbooks, computers, school supplies and other costs directly related to the recipient’s education. Scholarships are paid to the recipient after the Henderson Chamber of Commerce receives proof of full-time college enrollment in the fall and/or spring semester(s), along with receipts showing the student has paid for eligible expenses.

Award Recipeients were:

Hadley Alexander - Henderson County High School CTE
Parents: Tony Alexander and Chelsea Pruitt
Future plans: Attend Henderson Community College for two years going into computer science and will further her education at the University of Evansville.
Currently working at: H & K Power in Henderson
Hobbies: Riding horses

Brylee Richards - Central Academy

Parents: Donald Stapleton and Debra Stapleton
Future plans: Attend enderson Community College for nursing
Currently working at: Dairy Queen
Hobbies: Art and Music

Christy 2019Christy has had her Real Estate license since 2012 and has progressively sold more real estate each year, becoming a multi-million-dollar producer. Continuing her education to stay at the top of her field, she has earned the GRI (Graduate of Realtor Institute) and CRS (Certified Residential Specialist) certifications. She is co-owner of Collier & Company with her husband, Jim, and has been for the past 40+ years.
She contributes her success directly to her faith in Jesus Christ. He sends Christy the clients and she takes care of them. Christy has a passion for Real Estate and people. Her business has grown successfully and consistently thanks to the repeat business of happy clients and their introductions to family, friends, and neighbors.
Christy has lived in Henderson since she was in high school when her family relocated here from Illinois. Her family made several moves and she went to 3 high schools. Because of this, she has a greater insight into people relocating and understanding how difficult moving can be. Having lived in the north and ending up in the south, Christy says this gives her an effective combination of Southern charm and Midwestern work ethic. She likes to work hard (for her clients) but does so with a calm demeanor and a smile.

MAY 6, 2019
The Chamber of Commerce recently recognized outstanding educators in the community that have made an impact on student achievement. Recognition was divided in four (4) categories.

• Veteran (Experienced) Educator – an educator who has taught for more than five (5) years in Henderson County. ( currently employed as an educator)
• Rookie Educator – an educator who has taught less than five (5) years in Henderson County.
• Post-Secondary Educator – an educator who teaches at the post secondary level in Henderson County
• Education Supporter – a person who may or may not work for the educational system that has provided direct educational support and encouragement to students to enhance student educational attainment in Henderson County.

The award winners were presented with the award at their school during an assembly with staff and students. The award winners will also be recognized on individual billboards located in Henderson County during the month of May.
The following persons were recognized for their outstanding contribution to education in Henderson County.

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Brian Sullivan – Henderson County High School Math Teacher
2019 Veteran Educator of the Year
Quotes from nomination letter: “Mr. Sullivan is simply the best teacher I have had the privilege to know. He works tirelessly to ensure that his students are fully challenged in their math studies. Mr. Sullivan is an extremely intelligent man and by example, he has convinced these kids that “smart = cool.” I believe that Henderson County High School , its students and our entire community are blessed to have him as a teacher, coach, mentor and role model. He genuinely cares about all of his students and strives to make them all smarter, more responsible and better people.”

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Reid Thomas – East Heights Elementary Fifth Grade Teacher 
2019 Rookie Educator of the Year
Quotes from nomination letter: “ Mr.Thomas spends many hours outside of school time adjusting his curriculum to fit each individual child’s needs. He spend many summer hours developing a challenging and comprehensive reading program not only to bring his struggling readers to grade level but to challenge his proficient readers as well to new levels of engagement.”

Tony Fanok
Tony Fanok – Henderson County High School - Attendance Specialist
2019 Support Educator of the Year 
Quotes from nomination letter: “Mr. Fanok has impacted student achievement in many ways. He was the first school resource officer in Henderson County. He was with the police department for 22 years and has been with the Henderson County School system for 12 years. He was on the forefront of the safe school initiative. Tony just has a way about him. Tony has the ability to bring people together regardless of circumstance and make them feel special. Not only does he help student while they are students, they know they can come back for help in attaining jobs.”

Kara Becker
Kara Becker – Henderson Community College – Associate Professor of Chemistry 2019 Post Secondary Educator of the Year
Quotes from nomination letter: “Ms. Becker is one of those great instructors. When you walk into her classroom she always makes you feel welcome. She encourages all of her students. She has a noticeable passion for what she does. Students’ call her “Becker.” They have since high school when she taught at HCHS, and it carried over to the college and it is truly an endearment. While many students show trepidation about taking college chemistry, they always leave “Becker's” classes feeling good about their accomplishment. Kara is more than a teacher, more than a chemist, as an advisor as well, Kara inspires her students.”

Thank you to our sponsors for the 2019 Educator of the Year awards:
• Pittsburg Tank and Tower
• Alexander, Thompson, Arnold CPA Firm
• Independence Bank
• Evansville Teachers Credit Union

April, 2019

Drennan2 headshot Jennifer Drennan has been named President, Lexington Market of Field & Main Bank. She most recently served as Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer and formerly as Chief Retail Officer. Drennan brings 16 years of banking industry experience to the position, including in the areas of retail, lending, operations, information technology and regulatory examining. She has been with Field & Main since 2013 (then BankTrust Financial).

In her new role, Drennan will provide the leadership necessary to maximize the growth and development of the Field & Main financial services brand in the greater Lexington area. She will as well be fully vested in representing Field & Main as it fulfills its corporate culture of faithful community stewardship.

Drennan earned her undergraduate degree and Master of Business Administration from Murray State University. She is a graduate of the FDIC University and is currently attending Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, WI. Drennan currently serves as the Vice President of Midwest Central User Group with Jack Henry & Associates. She has also been actively engaged in her community serving on the Downtown Henderson Partnership Executive Board, as a Downtown Henderson Master Plan committee member and the chair of the Henderson Boys & Girls Club, set to open in August of this year. Drennan resides in Henderson, KY, but will soon be relocating to Lexington, KY.

Heather Stevens

April, 2019

Heather Stevens has been promoted within the Field & Main Insurance team as a benefits insurance agent in the company’s Henderson office. In this role, she’ll conduct risk assessments, evaluate insurance programs and recommend insurance coverage. Previously, Stevens served as receptionist and bookkeeping assistant for the agency.

Stevens previous experiences in long term care, home care and service coordination sparked her interest in the industry and will be a benefit to the customers she will serve. She received her Bachelor of Science in Health Services in 2001 form University of Southern Indiana.

Stevens resides in Henderson, KY with her husband Kirby and their two sons.