As another group of high school seniors graduates and moves on to the next step, Generation College would like to thank those teachers who helped them in their educational pursuits. Each year for the past seven years, teachers in the Hermiston School District have been recognized by the seniors in Generation College for helping them stay focused on education and excellence.

 Generation College is a club at Hermiston High School that provides support to students who are the first in their family to attend college. The graduating seniors from Generation College recognize the hard work and inspiration of teachers who have helped them realize their dreams by awarding them the “Geny.”  

 This year, four teachers from elementary to high school were presented with awards. Two of them are former Armand Larive Middle School teachers, Robert Greybeck and Neely Kirwan. Greybeck, now at Hermiston High School, was nominated for his tolerance and patience in working with middle school students.

 Kirwan, now principal at Sandstone Middle School, was remembered for her excellence in the classroom as a science teacher.

For the first time, a high school teacher, who has not previously taught at a middle or elementary school, was nominated for the Geny award. Chris Demianew was recognized for his ability to teach what it means to be responsible.

 And at Highland Hills Elementary School, Patrick Temple was recognized for his kindness and compassion.

The “Geny” symbolizes the teamwork it takes for students to reach their dreams. While it takes great individual commitment and hard work to succeed, everyone needs a helping hand to make it through those challenging moments. Generation College hopes the recipients of the Geny award recognize the tremendous impact they have had on these students and continue to inspire future generations on to college. They also hope the award itself will sit upon the desk of dedicated teachers and spark many more conversations about the college process.  

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