Fall 2016

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ATPE NEWS 33 Excellence in Communications Award This award recognizes outstanding local unit communications. Each winning local unit receives $250. Local Units with 1–200 Members La Porte ATPE Finalist: Rio Hondo ATPE Local Units with 201–500 Members Boerne ATPE Finalist: Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ATPE Local Units with 501-Plus Members Brownsville ATPE Finalists: Irving ATPE and Mesquite ATPE Alafair Hammett Media Awards Named for ATPE's first state president, this award recognizes individual local media reporters for their outstanding support and coverage of public education. The 2016 recipients were: Julie Chang, Austin American-Statesman (Austin) Ashlei King, KABB-TV (San Antonio) Mark Wiggins, KVUE-TV (Austin) STAR Membership Challenge Winners The STAR Membership Challenge is designed to encourage new member recruitment by recognizing and rewarding successful recruiters. First Place Hilda Martinez, La Joya ISD Hilda Martinez works as a team teacher for first grade at Carl C. Waitz Elementary in Mission CISD. She has been an educator for 22 years and an ATPE member for 10 years. (118 qualified entries) Second Place Diana Bush, Medina Valley ISD Diana Bush retired from Medina Valley ISD in 2013, after 28 years of teaching reading at different levels. She now teaches homebound students in her district. (48 qualified entries) Runners Up Kally Evans, Willis ATPE (39 qualified entries) Norma Vega, La Joya ATPE (29 qualified entries) Karen Hames, Lewisville ATPE (27 qualified entries)

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