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Optimist Club to honor STMS teacher

Nancy Oliver Hayden

The South Lake Tahoe Optimist Club will honor Suzanna “Suzy” Krzaczek this weekend during its annual Les Clifton Memorial Fall Classic Girls Basketball Tournament.

The tourney is scheduled Oct. 26, 27 and 28 at South Tahoe Middle School and Krzaczek will be presented a plaque at 2 p.m. Saturday. The community is invited to attend the presentation and help honor one of South Tahoe Middle School’s most positive and committed teachers.

Krzaczek, who grew up at South Lake Tahoe and graduated from South Tahoe High School, will be recognized for her work with youth. She has been a teacher at STMS for 17 years and has received several awards for her teaching and leadership. As a leadership class teacher and student council advisor at STMS, Krzaczek said she tries to help students build character and learn what positive leadership qualities are. She also helps them plan and put on school activities including fundraisers, spirit competitions, dances, leadership mini-conferences and staff appreciation events.

In the summer of 2006 Krzaczek was selected as the middle school advisor for California in Region 7. In February 2007, she learned she was the western states regional winner and would be one of seven activities directors in the national competition. She was named the 2007 Warren E. Shull High Middle Level Advisor of the Year and received her award during a ceremony at the 71st National Association of Student Councils annual conference in June in Overland Park, Kan.

“Krzaczek is the perfect example of an advisor who willing to go the extra mile to ensure that her school community is a welcoming environment for all students,” said NASC Director Rocco Marano. “Student Councils is about much more than planning school dances and Krzaczek and her students are proof of that. NASC is proud to recognize her for her extraordinary dedication and commitment.”

One of Krzaczek’s students said, “Mrs. Krzaczek is one of my favorite teachers because she’s a really positive teacher. She always listens and she understands. It’s a really positive class.”

Another comment was, “Mrs. Krzaczek has made us more outgoing and helped us be more mature. If you’re more outgoing people will follow you and you can get stuff done.”

Fourteen teams from California and Nevada will compete in the Les Clifton Memorial Fall Classic Girls Basketball tournament. The games are scheduled from 3 to 8 p.m. Oct. 26; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 27; and the finals are from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 28.

Admission is $3 for adults and free for students 18 years of age and younger. Refreshments will be available for purchase throughout the event. The motto of South Lake Tahoe Optimist Club is “Friend of Youth” and all money raised from the tournament will go to a special fund administered by the Optimist Club to benefit students at STMS.

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