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ACTE awards banquet.

Sarah Raikes

Shelli Sowles

Samuel Cotton

Edward Lazaros

Leon Grant


Awards Banquet. More than 400 educators, business representatives, friends and family members joined these finalists and winners for a dinner celebration that included remarks by Brian Mitchell, director of the Nevada Governor's Office of Science, Innovation and Technology.

2017 ACTE Member Award Winners

Teacher of the Year

(Sponsored by Express Employment Professionals)

Sarah Raikes, FACS Teacher, Washington County High School, Kentucky

Career Guidance Award

(Sponsored by the U.S. Army)

Shelli Sowles, College and Career Readiness Specialist, Northeast Metro 916 Intermediate School District, Minnesota

Administrator of the Year

Samuel Cotton, Professor, Ball State University, Indiana

Postsecondary Teacher of the Year

Edward Lazaros, Associate Professor, Ball State University, Indiana

Carl Perkins Community Service Award

Leon Grant, Pre-Engineering Instructor, Marietta City Schools, Georgia

New Teacher of the Year

Jacob Scott Ball, Agriculture Teacher, Nelson County High School, Kentucky

Lifetime Achievement Award

Donna Metcalf, Organizational and Instructional Development Coordinator, Kiamichi Technology Center, Oklahoma

2017 ACTE Image Award Winners

Business Leader of the Year

Bob Funk, CEO and Chairman of the Board, Express Employment Professionals

Business of the Year


Champion of the Year

Jerry Ellner, National Director of High School Development, Universal Technical Institute

2017 ACTE Regional Award Winners

(National winners denoted by an asterisk)

Teacher of the Year

Region I: Brandon Soards, Maine

Region II: Sarah Raikes, Kentucky (*)

Region III: Callon Siebenahler, Mnnesota

Region IV: Bart Taylor, Texas

Region V: Wendy Frazier-Snyder, Utah

Career Guidance Award

Region I: Tracy Hetrick, Ohio

Region II: Monica Crenshaw, Georgia

Region III: Shelli Sowles, Mnnesota (*)

Region IV: Amy Kuhns, Texas

Region V: Tina Boone, Montana

Administrator of the Year

Region I: Dave Keaton, Maine

Region II: Sherri C. Yarborough, South Carolina

Region III: Samuel Cotton, Indiana (*)

Region IV: Richard Lowe, Oklahoma

Region V: DeLayne Havlovic, Nebraska

Postsecondary Teacher of the Year

Region I: Mark Edington, Ohio

Region II: Kim Holdbrooks Townsel, Alabama

Region III: Edward Lazaros, Indiana (*)

Region IV: Gay Simpson, Oklahoma

Region V: Carol R. Werhan, Kansas

Carl Perkins Community Service Award

Region II: Leon Grant, Georgia (*)

Region III: T.J. Brown, Mnnesota

Region IV Sue Gibson, Arkansas

Region V: John Rist, South Dakota

New Teacher of the Year

Region I: Alison Reece, Maine

Region II: Jacob Scott Ball, Kentucky (*)

Region III: Lindsey Brown, Mnnesota

Region IV: Justin Nisbett, Oklahoma

Region V: Chad Eichenlaub, Montana

Lifetime Achievement Award

Region II: Sarah Hallman, Alabama

Region III: Peggy Wild, Indiana

Region IV: Donna Metcalf, Oklahoma (*)

Region V: Beverly A. Rieck, South Dakota

Jacob Scott Ball

Donna Metcalf

Jerry Ellner

Bob Funk

2016 Awards Banquet Sponsors

Gold Level



Express Employment Professionals


U.S. Army

Silver Level

International Baccalaureate

Bronze Level

Arkansas ACTE

Illinois ACTE

Indiana ACTE

Oklahoma ACTE

National Association of Agricultural Educators

Texas Industrial Vocational Association

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