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Celebrating Excellence Awards: Meet the Winners

Congratulations to the 2017 honorees!

Adler Friend of Education - Butch Santicola 

Community Leader - Individual - Charlie Batch

Community Leader - Organization - Beverly's Birthdays

Educational Leader - Todd Russell, Hollidaysburg EA

Local Association - North Star ESPA

Student Leader - Shane Thompson

2017 Awards Dinner

Please join us at the PSEA Celebrating Excellence Awards Dinner:

Thursday, May 11
Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown
Reception – 6 p.m. ~ Dinner – 7 p.m.

The evening will feature live entertainment and remarks from the honorees as they receive their awards. 

History of the Awards

Since 2005, PSEA's Celebrating Excellence Awards Dinner honors winners of the PSEA Adler Friend of Education Award and the PSEA Human and Civil Rights Awards.

PSEA hosts the dinner each May to provide a special opportunity to recognize individuals, local associations, and organizations going the extra mile for our schools and communities.

The Adler Friend of Education award recognizes an individual who has made significant statewide contributions to public education. Adler Award recipients have included PSEA leaders, public officials, and others whose work has improved public education in Pennsylvania.

The Human and Civil Rights Awards provide PSEA with the opportunity to applaud the outstanding work occurring every day in Pennsylvania's public schools and in our communities.

A selection committee meets each January to review the nominations submitted and select winners in our four categories: Student Leader, Educational Leader, Communication Leader, and Local Association, along with the Adler Friend of Education Award. 

Among the past winners:  an educator who organized Unity Week activities to raise awareness of harassment, bullying and intimidation; an ESP leader who works with Hispanic students and their families; a special education advocate; a former congressman who worked tirelessly to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell;” a student who fought to create a safe haven for fellow students by forming a Gay-Straight Alliance at his school; and a Philadelphia organization that delivers means, counsel, and hope to people with life-threatening illnesses - and many other exceptional individuals and organizations who make a difference each day in our own lives and those of our students, families, and societies.

Past recipients of the Adler award include Fred Rogers, Ambassador Walter H. Annenberg, Sen. Bob Casey, Jr., State Sen. Robert J. Mellow, State Sen. J. William Lincoln, Gov. George M. Leader, Teresa Heinz Kerry, and PSEA Board member Marylou Stefanko.