BEA honors retirees at annual banquet

EA employees honored at the 22nd Annual Bald Eagle Area Recognition and Retirement Banquet, are, from left, Margaret Richner, Ruth Rhodes, Marcia Horton, Holly Yearick and Janet Sawarynski.

WINGATE — The Bald Eagle Area School District recently honored BEA employees who announced their retirement during the 2017-18 school year.

The BEA Annual Recognition and Retirement Banquet was held at the Bald Eagle High School on May 14.

This is the 22nd year for the event, which is attended by current employees, present retirees, and past retirees.

BEA Education Association President Diane Lucas and Tom Letterman, BEA Board of Education President, were emcees for the evening.

Entertainment was provided by the Bald Eagle Jazz Band. The group played such favorites as “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” “After Sunset,” and “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing).”

The Bald Eagle Area Jazz Band, under the direction of Kellie Long, provided entertainment at BEA’s banquet honoring retirees.

At the conclusion of the evening, Jim Orichosky, director of Elementary Education, presented The Carolyn Connelly Devotion to Students Award to retiree Ruth Rhodes, district Health Assistant. The award is presented annually to an employee who demonstrates extraordinary devotion to BEA students.