Four first-year Kansas teachers received a special award Feb. 10 during a luncheon for outstanding educators.
The four teachers were notified in January that they had been named 2017 Horizon Award honorees. They were honored along with 28 other Horizon Awardees during the Feb. 10 Kansas State Department of Education’s 2017 KEEN Conference, which took place at the Maner Conference Center in Topeka.
However, the four didn’t know they also were selected as the top educators in their regions. Each received a $500 Ken Ogdon/OFG Financial Services Inc. Scholarship. The scholarship was funded by Security Benefit of Topeka.
The four teachers are:
• Region 1: Jesse Todd, of Hutchinson, a fifth-grade teacher at Plum Creek Elementary School in Buhler Unified School District 313.
• Region 2: Jennifer Daley, of Lawrence, a journalism teacher at Shawnee Heights High School in Shawnee Heights USD 450.
• Region 3: Stephanie Wilhite, of Overland Park, a second-grade teacher at Brookridge Elementary School in Shawnee Mission USD 512.
• Region 4: Cady Jackson, of Wichita, an English/language arts teacher at Valley Center High School in Valley Center USD 262.
The Kansas Horizon Award program, which is sponsored by KSDE, allows all school districts in the state an opportunity to nominate one elementary and one secondary teacher for the award.
To be eligible for the award, teachers must have successfully completed their first year of teaching and have performed in such a way as to distinguish themselves as outstanding. The program is a regional competition with four regions corresponding to the state’s U.S. Congressional districts.
The scholarship was given in honor of Ken Ogdon, president of OFG Financial Services, which is a full-service broker/dealer with corporate headquarters in Topeka.
Ogdon, who was born in Oklahoma, has been in the financial services field since 1970. He and his wife, Joyce, live in Wichita and have one daughter, Kendra.
OFG Financial Services was founded in 1992. There are 15 branch offices located in three states — Kansas, Texas and Tennessee.
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