The Henderson County Chamber of Commerce presented the 2017 Education Champion Award to Champion Hills’ residents Curt and Sue Marker. The Marker’s have worked diligently to further educational efforts in the county, from establishing the Marker Science Scholarship in 2006 that has awarded more than $150,000 to seven students to volunteering on numerous boards and committees.
Curt and Sue Marker took home the award, having lived in Hendersonville since retiring from ExxonMobil and teaching elementary school.
Curt Marker has served on the board of the Children and Family Resource Center and on various boards and committees at Champion Hills, currently serving on the board of the Henderson County Education Foundation as treasurer and chair of the HCEF Golf Classic.
In 2017, the Markers joined HCEF’s effort to expand its The Leader in Me initiative, investing more than $70,000 to sponsor the program’s implementation at Upward Elementary.
“The Markers are very, very special to county schools and many other organizations, said Graham Fields, who presented the award.
“They have made a difference for students and the community,” he said, adding, “…it’s your work with the Henderson County Education Foundation that we highlight.” Fields also said the Leader in Me program and scholarships are “absolutely life-changing.”