Holman earns award for excellence

Arlista Holman

Arlista Holman

Arlista Holman, a registrar at Auburn High School, received a Classified Employee Excellence Award for her outstanding service.

Holman is one of 36 classified school employees from across the state to recently earn the honor. She received a $1,000 check and a certificate in recognition for her hard work and commitment to students.

“For me to be selected is quite humbling and quite an honor because there are so many outstanding administrative assistants in our district,” said Holman, who has lived in Auburn since 1983.

The awards were proposed by the Public School Employees of Washington, a union representing classified employees, and were approved by the 2007 Legislature.

“These awards recognize the skills, caring and dedication of these often unsung heroes in schools across the state,” Terry Bergeson, the state superintendent of public instruction.

Bergeson and Linda Cowan, Auburn School District superintendent, were on hand to present the award to Holman at an April awards ceremony in the Senate chambers.

Cris Cruickshank, West Auburn High registrar, nominated Holman for the award.


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