Annual Elks Recognition Banquet honored Tyrone community members and youth

Last evening, the Tyrone Elks Lodge No. 212 honored talented youth as well as recognized citizens for their various contributions to the community and Elk programs at the Annual Youth Recognition Banquet.
On hand for the special event were numerous Elk members, including: Gary McGovern, Steve Lucas and William Phillips and special guest speaker Miss Pennsylvania, Autumn Marisa.
Tyrone Schools Superintendent, Dr. William Miller presented The Educator of the Year Award to elementary teacher, Christy Lake and to high school teacher, Cathy Young. Both teachers received a monetary award of $500, a plaque and recognition from the students and their peers.
“A cornerstone in this whole approach is the assessment of exemplary or outstanding educators during their students’ lifetime in school and what differences they’ve made with them, not just with grades or academics but across the board, of support, of attitude, of values, of everything,” said Miller.
The Educator of the Year Award is based on comments from interviews of 25 percent of each senior class. Dr. Miller compiles the information from the students’ interviews to assess teachers, academics and student life at Tyrone Schools from students’ perspectives.
“I really am honored,” said Lake. “My teaching means a lot to me. To be honored by the students is especially meaningful.”
“It’s been a pleasure teaching at Tyrone, and I have great fun doing it. If you can’t be enthusiastic and have a good time for all the years you teach, then you’re in the wrong business,” added Young.
Cary Simpson from WTRN was on hand to announce the recipient of the Outstanding Citizen of the Month Award for May, which was awarded to Cathy Young. She received the award for her work with the student cast of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.”
Many area youth were awarded for academics, and the members of the Elks honored these individuals for their hard work and dedication.
Tyrone senior Gretchen Kreckel was the recipient of the local Elks scholarship. She is the daughter of Denise and Pete Kreckel of Tyrone. Some of the reasons why Gretchen was chosen for this honor was because of her devoted time to the school band and because of her strong academics in school as a member of the National Honor Society.
Ryan Clark was honored with the Ellenberger Scholarship. He is the son of David and Rebecca Clark. Some of the reasons Clark was chosen for this award was his dedication to playing football for 10 years and his time in the FFA and 4-H clubs, among others.
The National Foundation Scholarship award winner was Shannon Gardner, who was unable to attend the banquet.
Eagle Scouts were also recognized for the time and energy they spend to make Tyrone a better place. Josh Frye from Troop No. 20 was recognized but was unable to attend the event.
Austin Lynn from Troop No. 20 was also recognized. Lynn is a 12 year scout, and for his Eagle Scout project, he raised money to build a 30 foot flag pole at the new building of the Blazing Arrow Hook and Ladder Fire Company.
Theodore Feller from Troop No. 300 was also recognized for his scouting efforts. His Eagle Scout project was to beautify the front of St. Matthew’s School.
Troop leaders: Cummins McNitt, No. 20; Mike Eaton, No. 103; Craig Stover, No.104; Peter Kreckel, No. 300; Jeff Glace, No. 300 and Mark Raffetto, No. 300 were also recognized for their leadership in the scouting community.
Teenagers of the month throughout the school year 2002-2003 were recognized at the banquet. They were: Amber Delbaggio, Matthew Germino, Morgann Davis, Dan Grazier, Angel Diehl, Gretchen Kreckel, Nina Schoch, Shelly Belinda, Melody Garthwaite, Kristen Schleiden, Lindsey Bailey, Vinnie Fontana, Karrie Crabtree, Michelle Long, Ashley Black, Tyler Mertiff, Melinda Rudy and Matthew Burnett.
Numerous youth were recognized for their athletic talents as well.
Hoop shoot winners were: Casey Baird, 8-9 girls; Alec Lytle 8-9 boys; Erica Foor, 10-11 girls; Trent Lee, 10-11 boys; Brooke Zimmerman, 12-13 girls and Travis Cooper, 12-13 boys.
The Elks members thanked the Tyrone School District and Tony Yaniello for the use of the school facilities for the hoop shoot. Also, they thanked: Rod Feathers, Carl Bennett, the Altoona Mirror, The Daily Herald, and WTRN for their support in the activities.
The YMCA Elks basketball team coaches were also honored. K-2 grade was Larry Nevling; 3-4 grade was John Hertzler and Tyler Mertiff; 5-6 grade was Bill McCrum and girls’ 3-6 grade was Rachel Miller.
Soccer shoot winners were: Nicole Gripp U8 girls; Kyle Raabe, U-8 boys; Macey Lucas, U10 girls; Nicholas Patton U10 boys; Brooke Pierson U12 girls; Niko Lambert, U12 boys; Nikki Moore, U14 girls and Jonathan Hampton, U14 boys.