Each year teachers in Joplin's public and private schools are nominated by students, parents and peers for their excellence in teaching. Only four teachers are chosen, one in each of the following categories: K-2, 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12.
This award recognizes the importance of small business to the economy, job growth and new products and services. Each year, three businesses are chosen, one in each of the following categories:
1-10 Employees, 11-50 Employees and Not-for-Profit.
1-10 Employee Category: Binky Guy Custom T's
11-50 Employee Category: Paragon Architecture, LLC
Not for Profit Category: George A. Spiva Center For The Arts
1-10 Employee Category: Atlas Risk Management, LLC
11-50 Employee Category: Kraft Insurance Services
Not for Profit Category: Christ In Youth
Each year one Outstanding Citizen is chosen by the past Chairmen of the Board, based upon their commitment to the Joplin community.
The 2018 Outstanding Citizen of the Year is Sharon Beshore.