And thank you to everyone that nominated these exceptional individuals and groups!



Jenna & Shawn Balzer, Ben & Marcia Barkley, Kim Belanger, Marney Bolen, Mary Lou Franzese,  Jan Goodheart, Darlene Larson, Brandy Larson, Karol McBride, Pat Ogden, Amy & Dwayne Paris, Tobianne Peterson, Debbie Romesberg, Mark Stevens, Lloyd Wallis, Julie White, Judi Wutzke



Kay Anderson – Clarkston High School Teacherimg_9219
Nominated by Logan Heflin, CHS student & Youth Commissioner

Mrs. Andersen has dedicated 36 years of her life to educating students at Clarkston High School. It is a pleasure to be in her company, as she always has a positive attitude, and an infectious feeling of optimism and joy. Along with her experience as an English teacher and a librarian, Mrs. Andersen also plays a prominent role in Clarkston High School’s ASB program, where she serves as the advisor of the senior officers. The Renaissance program and the Link Crew program also thrive because of Mrs. Andersen’s incomparable leadership and her unwavering dedication to supporting the students at Clarkston. To many Clarkston alumni, she is also referred to as, “Coach Andersen,” for her involvement in both softball and volleyball. Despite her busy schedule, she still manages to find time to work the 30 second shot clock for all of the boys and girls basketball games here at Clarkston High School. After this school year, she plans to spend her well deserved retirement by traveling across the U.S., reading, and spending more time with family. Mrs. Andersen is a prime example of leadership and kindness, and I can only hope that one day, I will be as half a good a person as she is

Connie Cohmer –  img_9221
Nominated by Elece Lockridge, Director of Alternative Education







James Haug – Asotin County Food Bank volunteerimg_9220
Nominated by Asotin Co Food Bank

James has worked at the Asotin County Food Bank for 32 years, with most of those years as the Treasurer.  He was also the leading force in establishing the Back Pack for Kids program.  In all the years volunteering at the Food Bank, Jim would go out of his way to help in any way he could.  He always made himself available to talk to different groups on behalf of the Food Bank and the Back Pack for Kids program.


Betty Witters – 4-H leaderimg_9216
Nominated by Kim Belanger, Asotin Co 4-H Coordinator

Betty Witters has volunteered as a 4-H leader in Asotin County for 41 years.  Betty’s 4-H club is one of a very few that actively teaches family living projects (clothing and textiles, needle arts, foods & nutrition).  She has served many years as Clothing and Textiles, and Fashion Revue Superintendent at the Asotin County Fair.  Betty organizes and leads the annual Fashion Revue Program.  She volunteers at Demonstration Day, helps organize other 4-H activities, and sponsors trophies for Family Living Projects.  Betty is an integral part of the Fair and is willing to help others with her years of experience and knowledge.   In 2006, she was voted into the Washington State 4-H Hall of Fame.  She is only the second Asotin County 4-H leader to receive this honor. Betty truly exemplifies the 4-H moto of giving herself to her club, community, country, and world.