Secretary of State
Secretary Grimes Recognizes Kentucky's Civic Education Leaders

Press Release Date:  Friday, March 20, 2015  
Contact Information:  Lynn Sowards Zellen
Director of Communications
Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes
(502) 330-9839

Today, at the Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Boys’ Sweet 16 Basketball Tournament, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes recognized 11 Kentucky educators and community leaders for their work to promote civic education across the Commonwealth.

“All across the Commonwealth, I have met young Kentuckians who exhibit the values of good citizenship and are enthusiastic about moving Kentucky forward,” said Grimes. “I know that behind them are unsung heroes who have invested their own talents and energy into the success of Kentucky and its youth. This award is a great opportunity to recognize those individuals for their outstanding work.”

The Kentucky Outstanding Civic Education Leadership Award recognizes teachers, school administrators, legislators and community leaders who have made notable contributions toward promoting or implementing civic learning to prepare students to be active and engaged in their communities.

Michael Rodenberg, President of Murakami Manufacturing U.S. in Taylor County, received the 2015 Kentucky Outstanding Civic Education Leadership Award. Rodenberg exemplifies good corporate citizenship, using his extensive business and international experience to help students from elementary to high school succeed and to bridge gaps among cultures. He received a $1,000 award to be used for resources and equipment to continue his efforts.

The other finalists are:
• Todd O. Ross (Paducah)
• Denise Young (Cadiz)
• Timothy A. Peterson (Campbellsville)
• Jordan C. Kelch (Louisville)
• Melissa Burton (Lawrenceburg)
• Megan A. Boimann-Hennies (Erlanger)
• Sonya Gardner (Frankfort)
• Tracy Gabbard (Mt. Vernon)
• Kristal Doolin (Corbin)
• Dr. Henry L. Webb (Prestonsburg)

Each finalist received a plaque and was recognized at center court of Rupp Arena, thanks to the Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Boys’ Sweet Sixteen Basketball Tournament organizers. In addition, Awards and prizes were made possible by the contest’s co-sponsors, the Kentucky Administrative Office of the Courts and Kentucky Department of Education.