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Chamber Honors Area’s Finest

By Staff | May 4, 2016

Photos by Lauren Matthews Shown are Clayton Myers, Youth Leadership of the Year; Elisa Sprowl, Educator of the Year; Sherry Hill, Employee of the Year; Roger Spragg, Professional of the Year; and Brooke Lemasters, Business Owner of the Year.

Six individuals were honored, for their contributions to the community, at Thursday night’s annual Wetzel County Chamber of Commerce Community Awards dinner.

The well-attended event came after a nomination and voting process. Area residents were able to nominate individuals for each of the six different categories. The community was then able to vote on their favorite nominees, and winners were announced at the dinner.

The following were winners of each of the six categories: Clayton Myers, Youth Leadership of the Year; Roger Spragg, Professional of the Year; Sherry Hill, Employee of the Year; Elisa Sprowl, Educator of the Year; Brooke Lemasters, Business Owner of the Year; and Mike Shank, Citizen of the Year.

The other nominees of each category were the following: Erick Hernandez, Lou Ann Anderson, Business Owner of the Year; Bob Miller, Carl Kernan, Citizen of the Year; Matthew Jennings, Ben Thomas, Educator of the Year; Shannon McBee, Matthew Riggenbach, Employee of the Year; Dr. Nunzio Pagano, Larry Tackett, Professional of the Year; and Natasha Tallarito, Jacob Young, Youth Leadership of the Year.

Though Eric Hernandez did not win in his category, Azteca Restaurant was honored as the winner of the “Taste of the Valley” contest.

Shown is Wetzel County Chamber of Commerce President Don Riggenbach, alongside Mike Shank, who won the award for “Citizen of the Year.”

Choo Choo’s, Captain Richard’s, and Marv’s Place were the other participants who offered samples of their restaurant’s food to award dinner attendees. After sampling, attendees were to vote on their favorite.

Also, businesses voluntarily decorated tables for the event, and attendees voted on their favorites. Prodigy Wellness was this year’s winner.

Emcee for the event was Brian Rogers of The Supply Closet on Main Street.

“I thought it was a very nice affair and was proud of all the winners,” said chamber president Don Riggenbach.

“The Wetzel County Chamber of Commerce has been doing this for a long time, and we are pleased to do it. We are pleased with the quality of applicants that we had,” he said.

Photo by Lauren Matthews Azteca Restaurant won the “Taste of the Valley” contest.

Riggenbach said he was also pleased with the quality of the meal.

“I just want to thank the committee within the chamber that organized the event, for their hard work,” he added.