Nominees for the 2017 CATS Awards were: Willie Arnold, nominated by the VCS Custodial Department; Teresa Bennett, nominated by the VCS Transportation Department; Jackie Brinkley, nominate by Horne Learning Center; Carol Brown, nominated by the VCS Central Office; Lisa Colburn, nominated by Valdosta Early College Academy; Courtney Evans, nominated by VCS Special Education Department; Glenda Fazekas, nominated by the VCS Teaching and Learning Department; Keeling Harrell, nominated by the VCS Maintenance Department; Shawn Henderson, nominated by J.L. Lomax Elementary School; Imogene Hezekiah, nominated by Valdosta High School; Randy Jones, nominated by J.L. Newbern Middle School; JoAnn Lane, nominated by Sallas Mahone Elementary School; Sarah Lenoir, nominated by W.G. Nunn Elementary School; Dorothy Owens, nominated by Valdosta Middle School; Betty Mathis, nominated by Pinevale Elementary School; Janie Smith, nominated by S.L. Mason Elementary School; and Elizabeth Wesst, nominated by Sallas Mahone Elementary School.
From this group, three finalists were named, Jackie Brinkley, Carol Brown and Elizabeth West. Congratulations to this year's CATS Award winner is Ms. Carol Brown, VCS payroll supervisor,who will retire in May from the central office after serving 31 years in the district.