Parker County Today May 2016 - Page 11

Roger Grizzard Innovative Educator Award

 Weatherford High Schoolers know Roger Grizzard as Mr. Grizzard, the economics teacher at WHS, and owner of the Pizza Place, a South Main eatery serving and employing students for decades. 
He is a gifted educator who has been known to wear several hats at once and to wear them all with a certain grace and flare. 
For decades he devoted his days to working as a WHS teacher. But, once the school bell tolled, he rushed to Pizza Place, which he has operated since coming to town 40 years ago. 
What better lesson in economics than a f amily owned restaurant like Pizza Place? Shelly Mowery Courageous Cowgirl Award A cowgirl never quits as Shelly Mowery knows firsthand. She and her husband Rick train and raise cutting horses. She has been one of the top equine broadcasters for the past quarter century and is a member of the Cowgirl Hall of Fame in Fort Worth. Each year’s recipient shares the never-quit attitude of Shelly Mowery. The Tim Buchanan Excellence in Coaching Award 
 Any football coach would be envious of Buchanan’s success at Aledo, of the Orange and Black. He led the Bearcats to a Class 3A state crown in 1998. He won back-to-back state Class 4A, Division II titles in 2009 and 2010. The 1979 Killeen High School graduate has led Aledo to the playoffs for 15 straight years and at least to the quarterfinals each year but one. He is now the athletic director of Aledo ISD. Tom B. Saunders
IV Cattleman of The Year Award V.A. Littleton Art Award A little more than half a century ago, Littleton picked up a paintbrush and hasn’t put it down since. The Weatherford native has lived on Davis Street her entire life and while her children attended high school she picked up a new hobby. She has enjoyed drawing all her life and finds painting satisfying. Over the years Littleton has completed several hundred pieces and has had her work on display at the Doss Heritage and Culture Center, in local banks and is a former member of the Weatherford Art Association. Drew Springer Wealth Management Award In these turbulent financial times, it’s important to have a financial planner in your corner who can protect your assets. Drew Springer, located on the square in Weatherford, has helped people meet their financial goals for more than 40 years. He’s done that with great insight and compassion. Drew has mentored other financial professionals in the community and taught high school students the fundamentals of saving and investing. Mary Martin Performing Arts Award PA R K E R C O U N T Y T O D AY Mary Martin was a famous star of stage and screen, but around here folks think of her first as a favorite famous native of Weatherford.
The daughter of an attorney and a violin teacher, Mary began taking voice lessons while still in elementary school.
Her performance at a club in Los Angeles impressed a theatrical producer, and he cast her in a play in New York. That production did not open, but she managed to land a role in Cole Porter’s Leave It To Me. In that production, she became popular on Broadway and was propelled to instant fame by singing, My Heart Belongs to Daddy. On Broadway in 1949, Martin appeared in the Rodgers and Hammerstein hit South Pacific. Critics loved her in the comic role of Ensign Nellie Forbush.

During the 1950s, she appeared on stage and in television performances of her roles in such productions as The Skin of Our Teeth, Annie Get Your Gun and Peter Pan. She won Tony Awards for Peter Pan and for The Sound of Music, MAY 2016 The first Tom B. Saunders arrived in Texas in 1850 in a covered wagon, driving his small herd of cattle. Raising a large family with seven sons on open range with free roaming longhorn cattle, they established a sizable ranch, and after the Civil War began driving trail herds north to better markets. Each generation since has known the importance of raising great cattle and riding good horses.
 Today our economy continues to be ever mindful of the quality of cattle and horses that is necessary to build a good business. Tom B. Saunders II saw the first indoor cutting contest in the Northside Coliseum. His brother Will won 2nd place and $25, and “bragging rights” on the stockyards. Tom B. Saunders III, one of the founders of the National Cutting Horse Association, created the first Cutting Horse Chatter monthly report and was also inducted into the NCHA Hall of Fame.
 Still raising good cattle and horses and promoting the horse industry, the last three Saunders, Tom B. IV, a top hand and top horse judge; Thomas V., a reputed horse- man who has represented the American Quarter Horse Association and Texas A&M in Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay in building the industry; and grandson Jordan Williams, seventh generation and a Texas Tech Equine Team member who won the national collegiate equine team championship four years in a row, are still at it on the Saunders Ranch, making top horses and doing what they know will help Parker County preserve the prestige of producing top performing horses and great cattle.
 It is in honor of this family that the award given to the Cattleman of the Year is called the Tom B. Saunders Award. Continued on page 12 9