On Jan. 23, long-serving staff and faculty were honored in an All-School ceremony. Combined, they represent more than 600 years of service to Hotchkiss. Two special staff awards were presented in recognition of outstanding contributions to the School: the Margot Hooker Award, given to registrar Heather Mechare; and the Robert J. and Candice Barker Staff Recognition Award, presented to Kerry Mosher, admission visit coordinator.
In presenting the Hooker Award, Dean of Faculty Merrilee Mardon praised Mechare's positive attitude (and impressively healthful lunches).
"Every day, Heather comes with a smile, a creative solution, and kale," Mardon said. "She makes it easier for all of us to live, work, and learn at Hotchkiss."
Admission Operations Manager Val Burke presented Mosher with the Barker Award, citing her warmth, friendliness, and dedication to the School.
"She is a confident and dedicated leader in mentoring the 100-plus student tour guides, collaborating with admission counselors, coaches and department heads to ensure a great visit experience for over 2,000 prospective students and their families each year," Burke said. "She greets all with a warm and reassuring smile, and chances are that you have witnessed her infectious giggle."
Other staff and faculty members were recognized for reaching milestone work anniversaries, ranging from five to 35 years.