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Six volunteers selected for Coskran Award in District 191

There were 29 nominations for the 2015 John Coskran Volunteer Awards in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 and six individuals were selected to receive it.

Recipients of the 2015 John Coskran Volunteer Awards are, from left, Sunny Vuong, Maggie Cedarberg, Karen Oshiro, Travis Burg and Sahro Abdullahi. Not pictured: Mike Tobias. 

"We thank these exceptional volunteers for the positive difference they make in the lives of our students every day," said Superintendent Joe Gothard. "Their dedication and support is extraordinary and so is their focus on academic success for all students."

The winners and all nominees were honored during a public reception on Thursday, May 14 prior to the awards ceremony.

Recipients of the 2015 John Coskran Volunteer Award are:

Students: Travis Burg, a Burnsville High School senior who is a long-time volunteer and mentor in the chess program at Hidden Valley Elementary School, and Sunny Vuong, a Burnsville High School senior who volunteers at her school and also at Edward Neill Elementary and in the community.  

Parents: Karen Oshiro, an active volunteer at Harriet Bishop Elementary and Metcalf Junior High School, and Mike Tobias, who volunteers at William Byrne and Sky Oaks Elementary Schools and also district-wide.

Community: Maggie Cedarberg, who volunteers at Metcalf Junior High and also gets students involved in volunteering.

Employee: Sahro Abdullahi, a cultural liaison at Sky Oaks Elementary School who not only volunteers but also encourages others to become involved.

Read more about the 2015 Coskran Award Winners

The selections were made by past recipients of the award.  

This was the 14th year of the awards, which are named in honor of John Coskran, a long-time advocate for volunteerism who served 34 years at Catholic Charities and retired as associate director in 1993. Coskran, who also served as a member of the District 191 Board of Education, died in 2014.

For more information about the award or for information on how you can become a volunteer, go to the district website at and click on the "Volunteering" link under "Community."

Posted: Wednesday, May 6, 2015 - 13:44