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Shiawassee RESD Tops 'Schools' List in People and Places Awards

Uplift Shiawassee People and Places Awards Announced Live; Area Pastors, Churches, Teachers, Schools Rake In Votes

Posted by Corunna Now at 9:44am 5/28/19

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The first-ever Uplift Shiawassee People and Places Awards were revealed in a Facebook Live video on Sunday evening, May 26th.

The awards "show" honored area teachers, schools, pastors, churches, military branches and members and nonprofits.

More than 3,000 vote submissions were received in the one week contest voting period that ran May 20th to 26th, for a total of 10,022 individual votes.

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Lennon Wesleyan Church topped the Church category, whose top three vote-getters were all from the Durand area, and the Pastor/Priest category, topped by Lennon Wesleyan's Pastor Dana Beland, was a near mirror image of the Church category.

Both the School and Teacher categories were a bit more geographically diverse.  Shiawassee RESD, which serves the county, garnered the most votes in the School category, followed by Durand Middle School and Morrice Elementary School.

It was Durand Middle School's art teacher that secured the most votes in the Teacher category, but it was a close call, with Shiawassee RESD's Penny Vriebel collecting almost as many votes.  Not far behind Vriebel was Matt Friend, a teacher at Owosso Middle School.

Though the Corunna district and individual schools were nominated, as were Corunna churches and pastors, none collected enough votes during the one week voting period, May 20th through 26th, to earn a spot among the top three.

The first-ever Uplift Shiawassee People and Places Awards also honored local nonprofits, military branches and service personnel.

It was the winner of the Military Branch category that got the overall most votes in the People and Places Awards. Find out what branch it was and see the rest of the top vote-getters here.

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