Maryville Schools foundation opens nominations for Starlight Awards

The Maryville City Schools Foundation announced Monday that public nominations for its annual Starlight Awards will be accepted through Oct. 14 in the categories of outstanding young alumni, distinguished alumni, distinguished service, family partnership and community partnership.

The Maryville City Schools Foundation has presented annual awards to honor the alumni and friends of Maryville City Schools since 2003 in its Starlight Awards Ceremony. The gala event honoring the 2011 recipients will be on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012, at The Clayton Center for the Arts.

The selection committee seeks to review the broadest possible range of qualified nominees. Nominations from the public should follow guidelines below:

Distinguished Alumni Award is granted to Maryville High School graduates who have made distinguished or outstanding contributions to their professions or chosen fields of endeavor, or for distinguished human service to their community, state or nation. Outstanding Young Alumni is granted to Maryville High School graduates, age 35 or younger when nominated, for significant accomplishments in their professions or chosen fields of endeavor or for distinguished human service to their community, state or nation.

Community Partnership is granted to a business that serves as a sustaining partner through financially supporting the Maryville City Schools and youth programs in our community.

Distinguished Service is granted to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding service and dedication to education in the City of Maryville. This award can be presented to alumni or non-alumni of Maryville High School.

Family Partnership Award is granted to a family or individual who exemplifies dedication to education in every aspect of their lives. Awardees deserve recognition for their spirit of giving not only financially but through their involvement with the students of Maryville City Schools.

The board of directors and staff of Maryville City Schools Foundation are not eligible to receive awards.

Members of the community will have until Oct. 14, 2011, to complete nomination forms. The nomination forms are available online at www.maryvillecityschoolsfoundation.org, or at the MCSF office located in the Maryville City Schools Central Office at 833 Lawrence Avenue in Maryville.

Nomination forms must be emailed or postmarked by Oct. 14 in order to be considered. All nominations should be directed to Barbara Jenkins, executive director. The completed nominations can be emailed to Barbara Jenkins at mcsf@ci.maryville.tn.us or mailed to Maryville City Schools Foundation, 833 Lawrence Avenue, Maryville, TN 37803.

For more information about the Starlight Awards and the nomination process, please contact Barbara Jenkins at 865-982-7121.

Since 1991, Maryville City Schools Foundation has served as an independent community-based organization formed exclusively for educational purposes.

The Foundation is at work continuously to create a vital link between private sector companies and individuals and the school system, increasing the understanding of and appreciation for public education, promoting community involvement in student learning, and securing a strong commitment from business leaders to help provide materials and resources essential to quality education. MCSF headquarters is located at 833 Lawrence Avenue.

More information can be gained concerning the foundation’s function and contributions at www.maryvilleschoolsfoundation.org or by calling 865-982-7121.

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