Thirteen area educators were honored at the 2017 Teacher Appreciation Dinner sponsored by the Littleton Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on April 12. The annual event allows high school seniors to honor educators, mentors and coaches who impacted their lives.
Students write and deliver a tribute to a teacher with the honoree in attendance at the dinner, which was held at the Littleton Stake building at 1939 E. Easter Ave. in Centennial.
Students talked about the lessons learned from cherished teachers permanently impacting their lives.
The keynote speaker was Stacey Riendeau, principal of Heritage High School. Riendeau acknowledged the thoughtfulness of students who sought to honor teachers. She said that working with great peers and great students has created a rewarding community.
Mark Sabey, president of the Littleton Stake, said he was personally appreciative of the educators in the area who had touched the lives of his six children as they attended school and grew into adults.
● Student Blake Smith from Heritage High School honored Garren Cuthrell.
● Student Markell Bergstrom from Arapahoe High School honored Adam Schneiderman.
● Student Rebecca Whetten from Heritage High School honored Lisa Sutterer.
● Student John Griffin from Arapahoe High School honored Stacey Cornils.
● Student Danny Anderson from Arapahoe High School honored Jon Thurmond.
● Student Joshua Tonsing from Heritage High School honored Becky Moody.
● Student Jordan Chandler from Arapahoe High School honored Jackie Davidson.
● Student Odette Underwood from Colorado’s Finest honored Heather Spargins.
● Student Audrey Jamtgaard from Heritage High School honored Vianca Jeannoutot.
● Student Preston Mortensen from Heritage High School honored Tyler Knoblock.
● Student Katherine Harston from Heritage High School honored Jill Rickard.
● Student Ashleigh Long from Englewood Hight School honored Mark Fornnarino.
● Student Michael Gibbs from Arapahoe High School honored Jeff Krause.