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Skyward and Rafters Hold 7th Annual Teacher of the Year Essay Contest

October 24, 2019 - Northwoods League (Northwoods) - Wisconsin Rapids Rafters News Release

Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. - The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters and Skyward are continuing their long-standing partnership of Educator's Appreciation Night at Witter Field in 2020. During this evening, the Rafters and Skyward will honor one area teacher as the Skyward Central Wisconsin Teacher of the Year. The selected teacher will have a bobblehead created of their likeness, which will be added to the Skyward Central Wisconsin Teacher of the Year Bobblehead Wall of Fame at Witter Field. The honoree will also receive a bobblehead and will be recognized on field during Educator's Appreciation Night prior to the Rafters game by throwing out a ceremonial first pitch. In addition, the chosen teacher and their family will receive free tickets to attend the game, courtesy of Skyward.

Past recipients of the Skyward Central Wisconsin Teacher of the Year Award include: Mrs. Rebecca Sturdy of Grant Elementary in Wisconsin Rapids, Mrs. Mary Sabo of Washington Elementary in Wisconsin Rapids, Mrs. Cathy Tritz of Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln High School, Mr. Bill Oswald of Wisconsin Rapids Area Middle School, Ms. Jessica Fischer of Ben Franklin Junior High in Stevens Point, Mr. Scott Sigourney of Woodside Elementary, and Mr. Adam Klonowski of Lincoln High School in Wisconsin Rapids.

"The partnership the Rafters have with Skyward is very special," said Rafters GM Andy Francis. "Together we are honoring local teachers who deserve to get more recognition. These teachers have the ability to change the lives of their students and they embrace that. We are honored to be able to recognize these teachers side-by-side with Skyward."

In preparation for next year's event, the Rafters encourage all students to nominate a teacher who has made a positive impact on their life and deserves to be recognized as the Skyward Central Wisconsin Teacher of the Year. Students, K-12, as well as parents and guardians are invited to participate by submitting an essay (Criteria: 300 words or less, single spaced, 12 font):

1. By mail to:

Wisconsin Rapids Rafters

ATTN: Teacher of the Year

521 Lincoln Street

Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494


2. By email to:

The essay submission should explain why the nominated teacher is most deserving of the recognition and is due Friday, November 22nd, 2020 by 5:00 pm. The essay must include the author's home address and phone number at the top of the page, to allow Rafters staff an opportunity to notify them if their nominated teacher was selected. Any student who writes an essay nominating the winning teacher will receive four (4) tickets to Educator's Appreciation Night, a Rafters mock jersey, and an autographed baseball from the 2020 Rafters team!

The Rafters will announce the date of Educator's Appreciation Night, along with a full listing of the 2020 promotional schedule in the spring. The Rafters Front Office and Rafthouse Team Shop is open all off-season Monday through Friday from 9am-5pm.

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