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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • Group honors Farber, Stover

  • The Neosho R-5 Charitable Foundation recognized the district's distinguished alumnus Rudy Farber and distinguished educator Millie Stover, as well as celebrated the recent success of the district at the foundation's annual banquet Thursday evening at the Neosho High School.
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  • The Neosho R-5 Charitable Foundation recognized the district's distinguished alumnus Rudy Farber and distinguished educator Millie Stover, as well as celebrated the recent success of the district at the foundation's annual banquet Thursday evening at the Neosho High School.
    Farber, a successful local businessman, graduated from the Neosho High School in 1959.
    After attending school at Northwestern University, and Columbia University, as well as serving as a naval officer, Farber returned to Neosho in 1967, and began work at Community Bank and Trust, where he now serves as the chairman of the board.
    Those honoring Farber on Thursday said his dedication to his community is unmatched.
    "I don't know a man that worked harder for his town, his county or his state than Rudy Farber," said Fred Clark.
    Clark pointed to the work Farber has done to revitalize the Neosho Square, as well as the numerous public boards he serves on or has served on, including the Missouri Highway and Transportation Commission, the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and the Hawthorn Foundation.
    Farber commended the R-5 Charitable Foundation for the work they do, and noted the difference that a good education can mean for the citizens of Neosho. He also pointed to the more prosperous life students have the further they go up the education ladder.
    "It's very important that we do a good job of educating our people and getting them up that rung," Farber said.
    The foundation also recognized retired English teacher Millie Stover, as the district's distinguished educator.
    Stover, a Kansas native, began teaching at Neosho High School in 1961, where she served for 30 years teaching grammar, composition and literature.
    "She pushed us in ways we hadn't been pushed before," said school board chairman Brett Day. "She really did a great job of creating a love of reading."
    Kim Mailes, a former student who introduced Stover, noted her ability to create a lifelong love of reading in her students, which he pointed out, could not have been an easy task.
    "Mrs. Stover drove her students to dig deep, both in the subject matter and in their own souls," Mailes said.
    "God blessed me to work in a profession I love," Stover said.
    Both Stover and Farber were also recognized with resolutions from State Rep. Bill Reiboldt.
    While the foundation annually recognizes a department or school in the district, foundation chairman Justin Branham said due to the success taking place throughout the district, the foundation opted to celebrate the school district in its entirety on Thursday.
    Attendees were shown a video featuring several students in the district, who told of their achievements, including sophomores Andrew Marion and Alexis Fausett, who will attend the Missouri Scholars Academy this summer, the FFA's national champion agronomy team, and Nate Rodriguez, a three-time state champion in wrestling.
    Page 2 of 2 - Dan Decker, the district's incoming superintendent, served as the evening's keynote speaker, and said he and his family look forward to becoming Wildcats.
    He will begin his duties with the district July 1.
    Decker said the district's future includes a push for more technology, and preparing the students for the future.
    "We're doing wonderful things here and what I'm going to challenge the administrative staff to do is figure out how to take what we're doing and push it that much further," Decker said.
    Thursday evening's banquet, held by the R-5 Charitable Foundation, was sponsored by Moark.

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