pinnacle winners

Last night, Murray Education Foundation (MEF) and Murray City School District (MCSD) honored this year’s recipients of the Pinnacle Awards. They were:

  • Jessie Agiriga, MHS Teacher
  • Jen Davies, MHS Volunteer
  • Kayti Graham, Grant Elementary Teacher
  • Jennifer Mackay, Riverview Jr. High Teacher
  • Kristen Flower, Liberty Elementary Teacher
  • Caroline Walker, Viewmont Elementary Support Professional
  • Blair Peterson, Horizon Elementary Teacher
  • Laura Bigler, Riverview Jr. High Teacher (recipient from 2023, recognized in 2024)

Attendees were greeted with a social hour featuring the Murray High School String Quartet. The program included remarks from MEF Chair Blake Voorhees, MCSD Superintendent Jennifer Covington, and Kristen Andrus, who served as the Emcee. Some entertainment numbers were performed by students Lauren Bird and Genevieve Myers.

jeanne habel and family

Students and teachers delivered brief remarks about each recipient before Pinnacle winners were presented with their awards and made their own remarks. This year, MEF also honored three special individuals who have worked behind the scenes for the organization for many years and will be retiring. Executive Direct Jeanne Habel will be retiring in June, following 25 years of transforming service. Similarly, long-time board members Sheila Johnson and AnnMarie Nielson are also concluding their many years of service on the MEF Board (Nielson will also be retiring from MCSD).

Since 2004, the Murray community (families, citizens, educators, and more) has nominated MCSD educators, personnel, volunteers, and administrators to receive the Pinnacle Award. Each year hundreds of nominations are reviewed by the MEF Selection Committee, which chooses the best of the best.

Nominations are surprise-announced by visiting each individual at their school. From there, they are invited to attend a special gala in their honor in March.

Huge Thanks to our Sponsors This year…

Gold Sponsors: Boyd Jensen Family; Granite Credit Union; Hughes General Contractors; Larry H. & Gail Miller Family Foundation; Naylor Wentworth Lund Architects; Robert D. Kent Jr. Trust

Silver Sponsors: The Huff Family; Jenkins-Soffe; MHTN Architects; SelectHealth

Bronze Sponsors: Beacon Commercial Door & Lock; Dr. Maurice Baker; EMI Health; Enium Capital Group; Family Wealth Management; Friends of Pinnacle; Get Away Today; Horton Family; Kenny Rogers; Mark & Sheila Johnson; Murray City School District; Mountain America Credit Union; Woodbury Corporation

Gift Basket Sponsors: Apple Spice Junction; Beans & Brews; Big John’s Building Supply; Braza Grill; Desert Star Playhouse; East Coast Subs; Great Clips; Great Harvest; Hale Center Theatre; Hogle Zoo; Honolulu Grill; Italian Village; Jeff Wilkinson; Lakeshore Learning; Larry H. Miller Megaplex; Leatherbys; Natural History Museum; Nicklemania; Patty Shack; Red Robin; Shake Shack; Sizzling Platter – Little Caesars Pizza; Splash Summit Water Park; Sports Mall; Steorts Garage Doors; Swig; Thanksgiving Point; The Break; Trader Joe’s; Utah Jazz; Village Inn; Western States Lodging