– A local teacher, school, and student were awarded at a dinner ceremony hosted by Aquesta Bank at Dressler’s Restaurant on May 6, 2009. Aquesta Bank was proud to honor the bank’s first “Teacher of the Year” selected through an essay competition of local area high school seniors who nominated the teacher they felt was most deserving of the award.
Emily Thomas, a local senior from North Mecklenburg High School was selected as the winner by nominating her teacher Vickey Armstrong, also of North Mecklenburg High. Aquesta Bank CEO, Jim Engel presented Emily with a $1500 scholarship check from Aquesta Bank to further her education at Central Piedmont Community College. Emily hopes to pursue a career in nursing.
Vickey Armstrong, a teacher of Early Childhood Development and Interior Design at North Mecklenburg High was not aware that Emily had nominated her for the award, and felt humbled to be selected as the winner. Engel presented Vickey with a plaque from Aquesta along with a $2000 CD. However, in a selfless gesture that highlighted the character of this phenomenal teacher, Vickey Armstrong chose instead to give her $2000 CD to her student, Emily to help further her education. Vickey comes from a long line of educators, as her parents and 14 siblings have all been involved in education.
Principal Joey Burch of North Mecklenburg High School also participated in the ceremony and was awarded a $1000 from Aquesta Bank to help with educational purposes at the school.
The Community Outreach Committee of Aquesta Bank reviewed essays from students attending Cannon School, Hopewell High, Mooresville High, Davidson Day, Lake Norman High and North Mecklenburg High School, and selected the final winners in April. Families of the recipients also attended the awards dinner at Dressler’s to honor the winners.
Aquesta Bank’s Teacher of the Year program salutes exceptional teachers that have made a difference in the life of a student. This is the inaugural year of the program, which the bank will continue to offer to educators and students alike.
Aquesta Bank is a community bank dedicated to providing quality, personalized banking for the Lake Norman area. Aquesta offers no-cost use of any ATM nationwide, free remote deposit services, online banking/money management, and competitive rates, and has branches in Cornelius and Davidson, NC.
For more information on Aquesta Bank, please contact Lauren Furcht, Director of Marketing at (704) 439-4335 or visit our website at www.aquesta.com.