Due to the new coronavirus pandemic shutting down in-person schooling after spring break, end-of-the-year award nights continued on the Sealy ISD YouTube channel, honoring teachers of the year, retirees and service awards.
Also moving to an online format but still honoring students and staff were Sealy High School’s senior awards night and sports banquet as well as elementary school awards nights, all of which can be found on the Sealy ISD YouTube channel.
The Sealy ISD Awards began by honoring Sheryl Moore who retired after six years as Superintendent and 35 years in education overall. She said in an April 23 phone interview that although she was ready to depart, she would greatly miss the people around her.
“The day-to-day interaction,” Moore said of what she will miss most about leaving Sealy ISD’s Superintendent office. “I have a really good time at my job, I really, sincerely do, I wouldn't have done it if I didn't. I had a really good time and I've made really good friends. I will absolutely miss the day-to-day interaction with people that I care about very much, so that's going to be a shift. I'm so grateful to the people in this town and in this school district for the opportunity and for their support.”
Also retiring at the end of this year were Shirley Brune (15 years at Sealy ISD), Donna Huffman (23 years at SISD), Marie Landry (27 years at SISD, 30 in education), Monica Eskew (21 years at SISD, 30 in education), Robin Haugen (19 years at SISD, 30 in education), Tiffany Collins (19 years at SISD, 28 in education) and Susan Stritz (20 years at SISD, 31 in education). Retiring at the end of the first semester were Donna Emshoff, Toni Richardson, Paul Grey and James Kisel.
For the Sealy ISD Service Awards that honored teachers who have spent a certain amount of years with the district, 23 teachers were five-year recipients, nine were 10-year honorees, four earned 15-year awards, five were 20-year recipients, three were honored 25-year awards and two earned 30-year service awards.
Both of the Teacher of the Year and the Paraprofessional of the Year award winners from each of the four Sealy ISD campuses were presented a bouquet of flowers during a visit from the principal and those were all recorded and pieced together to create the full video package.
The Sealy High School Senior Awards Night was still hosted in the Thomas E. Golson Auditorium although Principal Megan Oliver was only joined by a handful of staff members to help present the winners in a slideshow.
Overall, the graduating class of 2020 earned more than $840,000 in scholarships and were presented with those and other excellence awards for their efforts at Sealy High School. Breasia Lewis and Jay Bolden were honored with the Phoenix Award for their resiliency and Maddie Goad and John Owen were named Miss and Mr. SHS.
Oliver closed her opening remarks at the Senior Awards Night by giving her well wishes to the soon-to-be graduates.
“This evening marks the beginning of many events that will bring your high school careers to a close,” Oliver said. “However, it is just the beginning. It is my hope that we have prepared you all for success wherever life may take you. I certainly wish your senior year could have ended differently however I wish you the best of luck. Remember who you are and what you represent.”