CARL JUNCTION, Mo. —
The 14th annual Carl Junction Community and Education Awards Banquet on Thursday recognized those individuals, organizations, educators and businesses that made contributions to the community over the past year.
The categories were chosen by the Chamber of Commerce, and the nominees were write-ins.
Jean Roy was named Citizen of the Year, which honors a Carl Junction resident who has made the community better through service.
Bud Rogers was named Outstanding Senior Citizen, which is an award given to a Carl Junction resident age 55 or older who has contributed to improving the well-being of the community.
The Beautification Award was given to the Carl Junction Cultivators Club.
The Civic and Community Service Award, presented to an organization or group that promotes civic pride and involvement to the betterment of Carl Junction, was given to Little Libraries.
Bright Futures won the Health Promotion and Family Concerns Award, which is given to an individual or group that actively promotes healthy lifestyles and/or improving family life in the Carl Junction area.
The Carl Junction Leadership Experience and Opportunity Club was given the Junior Youth Award, and the Senior Youth Award was given to Future Business Leaders of America. Helping Hands won the Benevolent Concerns Award, given to a religious-based organization or individual promoting local mission and outreach.
Spinning Wheels Skate Center won the Destination Carl Junction award for bringing positive attention to the community by promoting their business as a destination.
Excellence in Customer Service was awarded to S&S Computers.
Carl Fowler was named Chamber Member of the Year.
Heath Brothers Barber Shop was named Rising Business of the Year while the Carl Junction Post Office was named Business of the Year.
CAROLYNN LOWRY was named Elementary Teacher of the Year and also won District Teacher of the Year. Connie Baird was named Secondary Teacher of the Year, Jane Ewing was named School Support Staff Person of the Year and Carl Fowler was honored as School Volunteer of the Year.