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The Lioness Award

April 7, 2021

This annual award was established in the Fall of 2020 by the families of five former PTA Presidents: Candace Banks, Carolyn Caney, Lisa Hill, Sandra Krenzer, and Melissa Signorile. These volunteers led the Long Lots PTA in successive terms from 2013-2019. In this role, they dedicated themselves to supporting the students and staff of Long Lots School (“LLS”) through fundraising and community-building events as well as advocating for the interests of all WPS students at public town meetings throughout the year. A most welcome outgrowth of their extensive LLS volunteering is that the five women became great friends. The Lioness Award is a way for them to continue to support the ambitions of Staples High School graduates and to also celebrate their friendship that was borne of their volunteer work. The mascot of Long Lots School is “Leo” the Lion. The Lioness Award shall be renamed annually in honor of an LLS educator or staff member who has positively impacted the Long Lots community in a significant way. The 2021-2022 Lioness Award educator honoree is Jacque O’Brien.

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