The Valley Journals

MURRAY--The Murray Education Foundation will honor five educators, a school secretary and a volunteer at its ninth annual Pinnacle Awards.

On March 22, these awardees will be honored with a statuette, gift basket and $500 at Murray High School commons. The Pinnacle Awards is a recognition that honors outstanding efforts of excellence in education in the Murray City School District.

This year’s Pinnacle Awards recipients are Trudy Burton, Horizon Elementary reading coordinator; Barbara Haun, McMillan Elementary sixth-grade teacher; Kay Morgan, Murray High School CTE Foods/ProStart teacher; Alan Scott, Murray High School choral music teacher; and Kathie Webster, Riverview Junior High instrumental music teacher. Karen Peterson, Liberty Elementary school secretary, and Traci Black, Viewmont Elementary volunteer, also will be honored.

“I have worked with all of the employees honored in a variety of situations for many years, and know that they are outstanding educators who go well beyond what is expected of them,” said Supt. Steve Hirase. “They represent the high caliber of staff that we have in the Murray City School District. Our volunteer is widely recognized in our schools for her many contributions. This is a great group of individuals, each extremely deserving of the Pinnacle Award.”

Community, business and education leaders and students are expected to pay tributes to these awardees.

In collaboration with leading Utah businesses and the Murray community, the program’s purpose is to recognize that educators, classified employees, and volunteers are important, and that outstanding achievement is appreciated and recognized.

The Murray Education Foundation actively promotes and recognizes excellence in the Murray schools by encouraging contributions and building community partnerships to enhance education. The Foundation board is comprised of community leaders interested in improving Murray’s public schools.