Pam Drake listens to her introduction as the 2022 Distinguished Citizen during the Honors Banquet Tuesday night at Webb City High School.

Schools Foundation honors Distinguished Citizen Pam Drake and Pillars of Education

Pam Drake was honored Tuesday evening by the Webb City R-7 Schools Foundation as the Distinguished Citizen for 2022.

The distinguished citizen presentation was the highlight of the annual Honors Banquet, which was held in the Webb City High School commons.

Drake is the third-generation owner of Roderique Insurance on Main Street in Webb City. She was introduced by her brother, school board member William Roderique, who said he just realized she has now owned the business longer than her grandfather and father did.

Although Pam graduated from McAuley Catholic High School, she has always supported the Webb City R-7 School District. Her husband and their three children are all WCHS graduates. And another brother, John Roderique, is the athletic director.

Pam and David Drake have three children: Brittany Drake Claborn, Brayden Drake, and his wife, Kandace, and Patrick Drake and his wife, Rachelle; and five grandchildren, Drake and Bree Claborn and Blakely, Decker and Dayson Drake.

Pam is an active member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, where she has served as Eucharistic Minister, Parish Council member and PCCW member. Pam has also served as a board member for the Webb City Chamber of Commerce and the WCHS Athletic Booster Club. Currently, she is a business partner with Webb City Cares and serves on the selection committee for the Webb City Athletic Hall of Fame.

“We are family in Webb City,” Pam said as she accepted the honor. “I love this place.”

 

Pillars of Education are: Larry Kamler, seated, Beverly Jones, Claudia Allen, Sharon Lewis and Bobbie Dykens. Vernon Williams wasn’t present.

Pillars of Education

In addition to the distinguished citizen, the foundation also annually recognizes the district’s Pillars of Education for the impact they made during their years of service.

This year’s pillars are Claudia Allen, Bobbie Dykens, Beverly Jones, Larry Kamler, Sharon Lewis and Vernon Williams.

Superintendent Tony Rossetti and other speakers mentioned how nice it is to be able to hold events such as the Honors Banquet again. The last Honors Banquet was canceled last year because of the pandemic.

Proceeds from the banquet benefit the foundation.

Foundation president Aston Stovern said the foundation is now investing approximately $50,000 per year.

Scholarships were the primary purpose of the foundation when it was established. Stovern said the total amount of scholarships is approaching $1 million.

For more about the foundation, a nonprofit organization, visit the wcR7.org website or call Kelli Frazier, the foundation director, at (417) 673-6000.

 

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