PTA is a volunteer organization. Each year, PTAs have the opportunity to recognize and thank their volunteers through individual awards. The culmination of these awards is the Everett PTSA Council Awards Celebration. The Timeline and Tips document (link below) is a suggested timeline that will assist your PTA in organizing the nomination process, presentation and celebration of your Golden Acorns, Outstanding Educators, Outstanding Advocates, Outstanding Student Advocates and Honorary Life Membership recipients. Please keep in mind deadlines for nominations, ordering awards, and presentations. The Everett PTSA Council looks forward to celebrating your volunteers at the annual Awards Celebration in May, 2023.
COUNCIL INDIVIDUAL AWARD NOMINATIONS ClickHERE for the printed Nomination Form
Each year Everett PTSA Council recognizes volunteers and educators who have given outstanding, continued and dedicated service to our children. These deserving recipients go “above and beyond”, and their efforts reach beyond the usual school boundaries. This is your opportunity to participate in the selection of our award recipients by nominating candidates for consideration by our award committee. Nominations can come from PTAs, parents, staff members, students, or community members.
The Everett PTSA Council Awards are presented at the annual council banquet in May. Nominations are accepted for all awards, though each award may not be presented annually. The awards committee is appointed by the President, and typically consists of past recipients. For all of the WSPTA Awards, a contribution in the name of the recipient is made by the Everett PTSA Council to the Washington State PTA Scholarship Program. From these contributions, WSPTA is able to provide grants to freshman students entering post-secondary education.
We are looking for your nominations for our dedicated volunteers, hardworking educators and advocates, engaged student advocates and outstanding community organizations.
During the Spring 2022 Awards Celebration, we announced recipients of our Council Awards for the 2021-2022 academic year. Golden Acorn Award: Mee Yoke McGuire Outstanding Advocate Award: Clarissa Phillips Outstanding Service Award: Serena Peterson "Spirit of the Community" Award: Dr. Sally Lancaster Outstanding Educator Award: Brian Beckley
GOLDEN ACORN Mee Yoke McGuire
OUTSTANDING ADVOCATE Clarissa Phillips
OUTSTANDING SERVICE Serena Peterson
OUTSTANDING EDUCATOR Brian Beckley
"SPIRIT OF THE COMMUNITY" Dr. Sally Lancaster
2021-2022 Council Individual Award Recipients Golden Acorn - Mee Yoke McGuire Outstanding Advocate - Clarissa Phillips Outstanding Service - Serena Peterson Spirit of the Community - Dr. Sally Lancaster
2020-2021 Council Individual Award Recipients Golden Acorn - Beenish Iqbal Golden Acorn - Craig Willis Honorary Life Membership Award - Denise Constantineau Honorary Life Membership Award - Laura Peterson Outstanding Advocate - Adie Simmons Spirit of the Community - Diana Martin Spirit of the Community - Joi Grant
2019-2020 Council Individual Award Recipients Golden Acorn - Amanda Cabana Outstanding Educator - Sally Lancaster Outstanding Advocate - Valerie Cunningham Outstanding Service - Jen Hirman
2018-2019 Council Individual Award Recipients Golden Acorn - Kim Kuhne Outstanding Educator - Sarah Pewitt Outstanding Advocate - Lizzy Sebring Outstanding Student Advocate - Mariama Darboe and Kimberly Placido Spirit of the Community - Cocoon House
2017-2018 Council Individual Award Recipients Golden Acorn - Angela Steck Outstanding Educator - Jeanne Willard, Director of College and Career Readiness and On-Time Graduation Outstanding Advocate - Megan Dunn 2016-2017 Council Individual Award Recipients Golden Acorn - Lisa Mills Outstanding Service - Michelle Nims Outstanding Educator - Dr. Peter Scott Outstanding Advocate - Everett Public Schools Board of Directors Spirit of the Community - Aquasox Hit-A-Home-Run reading program
All-Time Council Individual Award Recipients Click here
Golden Acorn "A Golden Acorn Award is presented by a local PTA or council to a school or community volunteer in recognition of her or his dedication and service to children and youth. Since the beginning of this program in the 1930s, more than 54,000 Golden Acorn Awards have been presented to volunteers throughout Washington state. Recipients receive a certificate and pin, and a contribution is made in their name to the Washington State PTA Scholarship Program that benefits students."
Outstanding Advocate "In 2004, the Washington State PTA established the WSPTA Outstanding Advocate Award, a statewide volunteer recognition program to honor individuals for their continued and dedicated service to ALL children, and a demonstrated commitment to helping create strong policies relating to the health, welfare, safety, and education of children and youth. This award can also be given by a local PTA, council, or region. Recipients receive a certificate and pin, and a contribution is made in their name to the WSPTA Scholarship Program that benefits students."
Outstanding Educator "The WSPTA Outstanding Educator Award is presented to an individual who has made outstanding contributions that enhance the education of children at the statewide level. In addition, a local PTA or council may give this award to honor outstanding educators who have made significant contributions in their community. An educator may be defined as a teacher, assistant, specialist, support staff, administrator or community member. Recipients receive a certificate and pin, and a contribution is made in their name to the Washington State PTA Scholarship Program that benefits students."
Outstanding Student Advocate "In 2011, Washington State PTA created the Outstanding Student Advocate Award to recognize student PTA members who have made significant contributions through leadership and service in their school and community. The Outstanding Student Advocate Award may be presented by local PTAs, councils and regions. Recipients receive a certificate and pin, and a contribution is made in their name to the WSPTA Scholarship Program that benefits students."
Honorary Life Membership "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 PTA on a statewide basis. In addition, a local PTA or council may give this award to honor an individual who has made significant contributions to the development and growth of the local PTA or council. Recipients receive a certificate and pin, and a contribution is made in their name to the WSPTA Scholarship Program that benefits students. Note: Honorary Life Membership Award recipients do not receive a free membership in the PTA that gives the award; recipients of this award need to continue to purchase their own PTA membership annually."
For more information, click HERE for the Washington State PTA website on Individual Awards.