Star Excellence Award

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Congratulations to the 2022-2023 Star Excellence Award Recipients

Paulette Spafford and Joan Thompson

Paulette Spafford, River Crest Elementary School and Joan Thompson, Foundation Board of Trustees Member

Members gathered with award recipient.

Front row from left to right: Ron Bernth, Ed Foundation; Linda Rose, North Hudson Elementary School; Joan Thompson, Ed Foundation; John Kromer, Ed Foundation

Back row: Scott Snyder, Ed Foundation


The Star Excellence Award is the highest honor the Foundation can bestow on an individual. The honor is designed to recognize teachers or staff who have demonstrated an unusual commitment to inspire students to reach for lofty goals. Persons recognized have earned the respect of students, parents and peers through sustained effort, high moral standards and the likelihood of enduring beneficial effects on the students with whom he/she has worked.

Any current or former employee of Hudson School District, Trinity or St. Patrick’s schools is eligible for nomination.  The nomination form must be submitted by someone who has had a direct experience with the nominee. Individuals receiving the Star Excellence Award receive $5,000 for personal use and an engraved vase.

Ed Foundation star excellence award apple shaped plaque.

Star Excellence Award Criteria

  • The basis for nomination is consistent with the mission statement of the Foundation.
  • The nomination should address the extraordinary aspects of the nominee (exceptional creativity, extraordinary commitment to students, enduring interest and encouragement for the attainment of worthy objectives, exemplary character, role model, etc.).
  • The nomination should contain examples of the worthiness of the nominee.