The Grapevine-Colleyville ISD board recognized a slew of individuals at its May 19 meeting that included three recently-elected trustees and the 2014 inaugural graduating class of a program that trains employees to spread the word about the district.

The board canvassed the results from the May 10 general election and administered an oath of office to each of the trustees: Jesse Rodriguez, Place 5; Leon Leal, Place 6; and Jorge Rodriquez, Place 7. All had been incumbents in their respective seats, and each were sworn in for three years.

Trustees also reorganized the board and voted to elect Karen Deakin as president, Kimberley Davis as vice president and Becky St. John as secretary.

GCISD trustees then honored the first graduating class of Champions, a group of 36 GCISD employees who were trained throughout the year to be communicators to the public as well as their peers about the school district and its mission.

During the meeting, a few of the graduates were invited to speak about their experience.

"From the very first meeting, the mission of this program, and our purpose, was made crystal clear, and it was to go out and share the great things that our district is doing," said Carla Harrison-Ducros, a Homebound teacher with the Department of Special Education. "Without Champions, I don't think that I would have the confidence to go out and to share. I believe I have been broadened not only as a parent, but as a community member and an employee of GCISD."