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1,000 People, Including Governor, in Covington for Education Awards

An estimated one thousand people are expected to attend the Excellence in Education Celebration at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center in Covington on Thursday.

That number includes Governor Steve Beshear and his wife, Jane. The Beshears will receive an award.

The event, hosted by the Northern Kentucky Education Council and the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce recognizes students, educators, and community and business leaders for their significant contributions toward education.

“The awards presented symbolize our region’s long standing commitment to education and the vital role that each of us plays as we partner to meet regional education and workforce goals.” said Polly Lusk Page, Executive Director of the Northern Kentucky Education Council.  “In this environment of tight resources, academic challenges and stiff competition, it is important that as a community we pause and celebrate our success by recognizing those who are driving action.”

The event will begin with a social hour beginning at 5:00 p.m. with dinner and awards beginning at 6:00p.m.  Special entertainment will be provided by students from A.J. Lindeman Elementary, Beechwood High School, Conner Middle School, and Erpenbeck Elementary School.

The following awards will be presented:

  • Academic All-Stars Award:  Five (5) senior students will be recognized for excelling in a challenging course load with multiple extra-curricular and community service activities.
  • Student Leadership Award:  Two (2) senior students will be recognized for exhibiting exemplary characteristics in leadership.
  • Against All Odds Award:  One (1) senior student will be recognized overcoming obstacles to achieve academic success.
  • Golden Apple Award:  Twelve (12) teachers will be recognized for making a significant impact on their students’ education and personal development.
  • A.D. Albright Award:  Three (3) individuals or groups will be awarded for making a difference by promoting educational excellence in Northern Kentucky.
  • Champion for Education Award:  One (1) individual will be recognized for contributing to the Northern Kentucky community.
  • One to One Literacy Award:  One (1) individual will be recognized for promoting literacy through the One to One: Practicing Reading with Students Program.
  • Lifetime Achievement Award:  One (1) individual will be recognized for committing their entire life to educational excellence in Northern Kentucky.
  • BEST Business Partner of the Year Award:  One (1) business will be recognized for improving student achievement.

The 2013 Excellence in Education Celebration is supported by a number of local businesses.

“We could not provide an event of this magnitude without the support of our business community,” said Polly Lusk Page. “They are an integral part of the celebration’s success.”

This year’s event sponsors include Platinum Sponsor: Citi; Gold Sponsors: Bank of Kentucky, PNC Bank, Scripps Howard Foundation, Toyota, DHL Express; and Silver Sponsors: Central Bank, Duke Energy, Fidelity Investments, Thomas More College, Northern Kentucky University – University Advancement and Gateway Community & Technical College and Foundation.

Admission to the celebration is $50 per person, or $500 for a table of ten. For more information, please visit

Photo: RiverCenter Boulevard in Covington/RCN file

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