Alice Independent School District recently held the annual Appreciation Banquet to honor their employees. This year the banquet was not the usual gala. Because of coronavirus (COVID-19) the district went virtual.

During the virtual banquet, Nelda Ramon of Saenz Elementary was honored as the district’s Elementary Teacher of the Year and Alice High School’s George Beltran was recognized as the district’s Secondary Teacher of the Year.

Also honored was Dr. James Allison, Nobel Laureate, who received the 2020 Alumni of the Year. He was a William Adams High School Class of 1965 graduate. Dr. Allison earned the 2018 Nobel Prize for Medicine or Physiology for his groundbreaking work in cancer immunology, in which the body’s own immune system is enabled to detect and fight cancer.

Other employees were honored for the work with Alice ISD.