Shane Newby will be recognized as the Webb City R-7 Schools Foundation Distinguished Citizen during a banquet Monday.

Schools Foundation will hold its annual banquet Monday

The Webb City R-7 Schools Foundation will hold its 19th annual Honors Banquet at 6 p.m. Monday, March 13, in the Webb City High School commons, adjacent to Cardinal Dome.   

Shane Newby will be honored as the 2023 Distinguished Citizen. 

Shane was born and raised in Webb City. His parents are Stan and Jeanne Newby. He graduated with the class of 1988. 

After graduation, Shane joined the Navy working on F/A-18 aircraft. Additionally, he was a part of the Emergency Recovery Team, a CPR instructor and worked on the ejection seats in aircraft cockpits. He proudly served our country before being honorably discharged after four years of service.

Shane worked for AT&T for 18 years; seven years as a splicer and 11 years as an outside repairman. 

Shane and his wife, Kristi, have been married 30 years while raising three children, Dakota, Derick and Mariah.  They have four grandchildren, Natalie, Abbott, Callum and Sélah. 

Shane has been and continues to be an active member in the Webb City community. He has served in various volunteer capacities including trivia night for the WCR7 Foundation. 

The Foundation will also honor James “Jim” Jordan for being the latest inductee into the Webb City R-7 Hall of Fame. Unfortunately, Jordan (class of 1997) isn’t able to attend because his latest acting role requires him to be overseas.

Five Pillars of Education to be honored are  Kay Clark, Pat Forste, Amanda Green, Dean Salchow and Jonnie Sue Scofield.

Recipients of the 2023 Foundation Staff Grants will also be recognized. 

Another purpose of the banquet is to publicize the Foundation’s increased efforts for the betterment of students. Funds raised go toward the mission to prepare students for their future. More information is available on the district’s website,, or by calling (417) 673-6000.

Doors for the banquet will open at 6 p.m., with dinner at 6:30 p.m.  Tickets are $30 each and may be purchased at the Central Office, 411 N. Madison St. or online.