The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

April 26, 2012

Jane Cage named Joplin’s Citizen of the Year

Jane Cage, a longtime Joplin businesswoman who led the Citizens Advisory Recovery Team in its creation of a recovery plan for Joplin, was recognized as the “Outstanding Citizen of the Year’’ during tonight’s annual banquet of the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce.

The executive with Heartland Technology Solutions in downtown Joplin  received a standing ovation from those attending the chamber’s 95th annual banquet at the Holiday Inn Convention Center.

Said Cage: “It is a privilege to help. I cannot think of anything I would rather do.’’

Also recognized were four individuals who provided leadership to the community through the year. Recognized were C.J. Huff, superintendent of schools; Mark Rohr, city manager; Mike Woolston, former mayor; and Rob O’Brian, president of the chamber. They, too, received standing ovations.

Four teachers received Golden Apple awards. The program, now in its 27th year, is designed to recognize excellence in the teaching profession.

The recipients were Karen Evans, Kelsey Norman Elementary School; Brandi Landis, Kelsey Norman Elementary School; Ivan Obert, South Middle School, and Jeff Brown, Joplin High School.

Seventy-four teachers from Joplin’s public and private schools were nominated by students, parents and co-workers.