Two Sevier County residents have won state awards for outstanding accomplishments in their fields.
Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Milton L. Trejo won the R. Lynn Pierson Memorial Outstanding Service Award, and Kathleen Schoemig was named adult education Instructor of the Year by the Utah Literacy Coalition and the Utah State Office of Education.The Pierson award is given in honor of a Utah Highway patrolman who was shot to death Nov. 7, 1978, by the driver of a stolen car he had stopped in Garfield County. It is presented by the Utah Highway Patrol Association to a trooper with at least 20 years of service "who exhibits outstanding service to both the patrol and the community." The award includes a plaque and $250.
Trejo began his law enforcement career as a Monroe police officer and joined the Utah Highway Patrol in 1970. He worked as a dispatcher, transferred to the portable scales division and in 1981 was assigned to the field as a trooper. He is a two-time recipient of the patrol's Silver Beehive Award and won an award from the unit's Honorary Colonels Association. He also received the Utah Public Employees Association "Courtesy Is Contagious" award.
Schoemig is an instructor in the related-education department at Sevier Valley Technical College. She explains that in that program, "each student is offered an individual program of study to help meet his individual needs." She said students enter the program to train for a vocation, work on basic skills and high school graduation requirements.
Shoemig said new programs are being added, workshops and conferences are being attended by the staff, and new and innovative teaching methods are being incorporated each year into the program.