We recognize...

Twain PTSA is grateful to our volunteers and staff for their hard work and contribution to our community.

We recognize individuals formally through our Volunteer of the Month Award and our annual Twain PTSA Awards.

 

Twain PTSA Awards 

Twain PTSA Volunteer of the Month

 

And we are recognized...

As a PTSA, we are also proud of our members and achievements. In 2020-2021, Twain PTSA was honored to

receive a number of excellence and membership awards from Washington State PTA:

 

Washington State PTSA Awards 

  

 

NOMINATE SOMEONE FOR A 2020-2021 TWAIN PTSA AWARD!

It is time to recognize the wonderful volunteers and staff who have given extra time, effort and care towards our Twain community. We need input from YOU to help us identify these deserving people! Annually, our Twain PTSA presents awards including the Bobcat Award for Outstanding PTSA Volunteer, Golden Acorn, Outstanding Educator, and more. 

 

We would love to hear from you! Complete this form to submit your recommendations to the PTSA Awards and Recognition Committee by Wednesday, May 18th

 

 Twain PTSA Awards

Each year, the Mark Twain PTSA Awards honor volunteers and staff who have given extra. These individuals are recognized for making an undeniable difference in our PTSA, school and community. 

 

Watch a video announcing our 2020-2021 winners.

 

Gold Acorn Award

This award is presented in partnership with the Washington State PTSA to honor those who have given exemplary volunteer service.

2020-21: Candace Dalton

2018-19: Christine Woskett

2017-18: Molly Honig

2016-17: Brandi Comstock

 

Honorary Life Membership Award

The purpose of the WSPTA Honorary Life Membership Award is to honor an individual who has made significant contributions to the development and growth of Twain PTSA.

2020-21: Maya Chen and Tanya Scharpenberg

2019-20: Meghan Wright, Shelley Lish, Heather Buchholz and Elizabeth Fortman

2017-18: Naomi Urban

2016-17: Tammy Gilliam

 

Bobcat Award for Outstanding PTSA Volunteer

This is a Bobcat Award to honor someone who has been valuable to Twain PTSA in a variety of ways. They are always there to help with various projects and provide support on all levels.  

2020-21: Jessica Falkner-Horine and Grace Ma

2019-20: Junghee Pogue

2018-19: Sheepa Bansal and Candace Dalton

2017-18: Shelley Lish

2016-17: Jeff Gerwin


Bobcat Award for Outstanding PTSA Committee Work

This person improved one of our PTSA committees in a very positive way. Their organization and work made a very positive impact on the students of Mark Twain. 

2020-21: Katti Swanson

2019-20: Bonnie Leung

2018-19: Beth Burgess

2017-18: Regina Ball

2016-17: Christina Woskett

 

Outstanding Educator of the Year Award

The Outstanding Educator of the Year Award acknowledges the person who goes above and beyond the normal expectations of their job to make the learning environment fun, beneficial and challenging. An educator may be defined as a teacher, assistant, specialist, support staff, administrator or community member.

2020-21: Katie Frakes and Amy Lanum

2018-19: Kari Ferrin

2017-18: Alisha Poling

2016-17: JoAnne Neal

 

Other Awards

A number of other awards and recognitions are given to PTSA volunteers and those who support our children.There is no set limit or definition on the number or type of awards that may be given. 

 

2020-2021:

You Rock Award - Denise DeWalt

Kept the Ship Afloat - Craig Mott and Malia Goodfellow

Lemonade out of Lemons - All Twain staff

Rookie of the Year - Julie Arguez

 

2019-20:

You Rock Award - Beth Carrol

You Rule Award - Grace Ma

Rookie of the Year - Karolina Cox

Grill Master Award - Monty Lish

Sustainability - Shannon Harris and Sandy Vold

 

2018-19:

You Rock Award - Bonnie Leung

You Rule Award - Janine Sorenson

Rookie of the Year - Katti Swanson

Golden Paintbrush - Jeff Gerwin

Sunshine Award - Susana Rodriguez

GEM ("Going the extra mile") Award - Denise Dewalt

 

2017-2018

GEM ("Going the extra mile") Award- Angela Meekhof

Wild about Books Award –Cathy Schwartz and Heather Buchholz

You Rock Award —Richard Rundle

You Rule Award —Elizabeth Fortman

Rookie of the Year: Taylor Yoneyama 

Wild About Books Award: Heather Buchholz & Cathy Schwartz 

Dr. Seuss Award: Amy Lanum 

 

2016-2017

Rookie of the Year - Brandi Trujillo 

School Spirit Award - Huckleberry Bobcat 

You Rule Award: Molly Honig 

 


 Volunteer of the month

Every month, Twain PTSA honors our wonderful volunteers and all the great work they do throughout the year by recognizing a Volunteer of the Month. 

 

Aug 2020: Richard Rundle 

Sep 2020: Stephanie Hescock

Oct 2020: Lana Smith

Nov 2020: Grace Ma

Jan 2021: Katti Swanson

 


 Washington State PTA Awards

 

Twain PTSA is honored to receive the distinction of Washington State PTA’s OUTSTANDING PTA OF THE YEAR. This is a testament to the outstanding support from our community, as well as hard work and dedication from our leadership and volunteers. Thank you to everyone for support Twain PTSA's mission and goals - we couldn't have done this without you!

 

 

For all of our efforts in serving the community, we also earned multiple awards for 2020-2021, including:
GOLD Award for Stands of Excellence
GOLD Award for Outstanding Communication
GOLD Award for Family & Community Engagement

SILVER Award for Outstanding Website

100% Staff Membership Award