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Poetry, Essay Contest Winners Recognized at City Leaders Breakfast

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31-Jan-2013 (HPTC/HCS) - More than 100 educators, students, parents and city dignitaries showed up for the Hoover Parent-Teacher Council’s (HPTC) annual City Leaders Breakfast held at Hoover’s Discovery United Methodist Church.

The breakfast recognizes the outstanding public safety contributions given daily by both fire and law enforcement. This year’s keynote speaker was Hoover Police Chief Nick Derzis. Chief Derzis filled in for scheduled speaker Dr. Tommy Bice, State Superintendent of Education, who had to cancel due to other priorities. Derzis touched on the remarkable partnership which exists in Hoover among the police and fire departments and the school system. He also commented on school safety, noting that violent incidents in schools have actually *decreased* over the years thanks to SROs (School Resource Officers).

Beyond touting the benefits of police and fire protection, the City Leaders Breakfast is also an opportunity to honor students who have placed in the 3rd Grade Poetry Contest [content related to Fire Dept.] and the 5th Grade Essay Contest [content related to Police Dept]. This year’s winners include:

3rd Grade Poetry Contest Winners 5th Grade Essay Contest Winners
1st Place - Ruben Morris, Shades Mtn. Elementary 1st Place - Makenna Kuhn - Riverchase Elem.
2nd Place - Catherine Stark - Riverchase Elem. 2nd Place - Abigail Ford - Gwin Elementary
3rd Place - Abby Pate - Gwin Elementary 3rd Place - Caroline Locker - Bluff Park Elem.

HPTC President Mrs. Janet Turner helped organize the breakfast along with HPTC members Deanna Bamman, Anna Marie Wilson, Karen Cochran, Debbie Evans and others. Concert choirs from both Hoover High School and Spain Park High School provided musical ambiance. The choirs performed separate performances and closed the ceremony collectively with America The Beautiful.


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