DECATUR – It was a night of celebration and honor as the Decatur Public Schools Foundation hosted its 13th annual Legacy of Learning banquet.
This year, three MacArthur graduates were chosen to receive honors. Executive Director of the foundation Zach Shields says each of these people were very deserving.
“We have a lot of people that get nominated this year, but I am confident that Cindy, Dick, and Doug deserved the recognition,” says Shields. “We are proud of our Decatur Public School graduates, and we just want to show that by recognizing those who have gone on to do great things.”
Local businesswoman Cindy Deadrick Wolfer of the class of 1973 was honored as Alumna of the Year. She says she is humbled by the recognition.
“It is pretty unbelievable that I was chosen because I know there are a ton of great graduates,” says Deadrick Wolfer. “It really is a great, great honor and I really appreciate it.”
The other Alum of the Year award went to Richard “Dick” Maxwell of the class of 1973. He, too, was happy and humbled to be recognized.
“It’s a great honor and I’m glad to be back in Decatur,” says Maxwell. “This is the icing on the cake after a weekend of seeing some of my old friends.”
Also honored at the banquet tonight was DPS-61 payroll coordinator Stephanie Bales, who received the Recognition of Distinguished Service award. Director of Buildings and Grounds Mike Sotiroff was awarded the same recognition. Finally, Johns Hill teacher Dianne Asay was given the Educator of the Year award.