Jim Worthington Teacher Appreciation Dinner Honors Faculty and Staff Members

Wentworth WinnersStaff, faculty and administrators from Lexington R-V School District and Wentworth Military Academy and College joined together recently on the Wentworth Campus for the 2014 Jim Worthington Teacher Appreciation Dinner.

Initiated by the late Jim Worthington to honor teachers in 1990, the event was named in his honor in 2012 and is currently hosted by the Lexington R-V School District and Wentworth Military Academy and College.

As stated on the dinner’s program, “It was Jim Worthington’s desire to honor and show appreciation to the faculty and staff of our community’s school for the important work they do to educate our children.”

Each year the event alternates from a Lexington R-V School District site to the Wentworth campus. This year’s dinner was held in the Hall of Honor, Groendyke Hall.

Clay Worthington, the second son of Jim and Kaye Worthington, was the keynote speaker.

Clay, a graduate of Lexington High School, went on to obtain degrees from Missouri State University and Midwestern State University.

An avid sportsperson, Clay has been applying his experience and education to the sport of cycling for the past 11 years. He worked for USA Cycling from 2004 – 2010 performing coaching and camp management roles before relocating to Western Australia to further his coaching career within the Australian high performance athlete pathway as a coach at the West Australian Institute of Sport.

Clay was named the 2013 Australian Cycling Coach of the Year.

Michelle Roush, Interim Superintendent, Lexington R-V School District and Colonel Mike Lierman, President and Superintendent, Wentworth Military Academy and College, were both in attendance and spoke during the ceremony in respect to their different school districts and naming teachers, staff of the year award recipients.

The 2014 Award Recipients for Lexington R-V School District were Emily Engelbrecht (Elementary) and Rodney Wolken (Secondary).

The 2014 Award Recipients for Wentworth Military Academy and College were Louis Slimak (College), Ed Fiora (High School) and Matt Rorvig (Staff).

“We were very pleased to host this year’s teacher appreciation dinner at Wentworth. It is always special when we can join with the Lexington R-V School Districts and recognize those teachers who have done an outstanding job,” said Col. Mike Lierman. “We were thankful this year that Clay Worthington could join us as the keynote speaker as Clay is not usually in the United States when the dinner is held each year. We want to thank all of the faculty and staff of both schools for their dedication to the students they teach and work with each day. We are also thankful for the Worthington Family as they continue to support this special recognition of our educational communities.”