Exceptional children council selects 2013 award recipients

Members of the Magic City Council for Exceptional Children recently selected their 2013 division recipients. Melissa Frederick was honored as the special educator Teacher of the Year and Kathie Yecoshenko was recipient of the Humanitarian Award. Additionally, Taylor Lien, student at Magic City Campus, received the “Yes I Can” Award. All winners represented the Magic City CEC at the state level at the recent state conference held in Fargo, according to a press release.

Frederick has taught at Central Campus for 14 years, currently serving as the teacher for students with emotional disabilities. Prior to teaching in Minot, Frederick was a teacher for the Deaf/Hard of Hearing in Wyoming. She has been an active member of the Magic City CEC Governing Board for seven years. She has also been a member of Des Lacs Burlington Jaycees, and received the North Dakota Jaycee Roughrider Award in 2007.

Yecoshenko was honored with the Humanitarian Award winner, which exemplifies a willingness to work above and beyond the duties required by employment working in ways to advocate for individuals with disabilities. Yecoshenko ministers facilitates Bible studies at Ward County Jail, serves as a mentor to women and is also involved with a semitrailer ministry called “About the Father’s Business.”

Lien was chosen to receive the “Yes, I Can!” award to represent the Magic City CEC at the state conference. Lien was chosen in the field of athletics. Despite immense challenges in her life, Lien has found an outlet with horses. This past summer Lien entered the 2012 “North Dakota State Fair Quarter Horse Show” and won the Grand Champion Gelding as well as Reserve Champion Gelding. She also received a Blue Ribbon in the Halter event. As part of the FFA program freshman year, Lien and a classmate won the 2010 Grand Champion FFA Chapter for Horse Exhibits for the Minot High School Chapter.

The Magic City group is open to individuals who hold membership in the National CEC organization. Meetings are held monthly. For more information, contact Pat Eggen (Nedrose Elementary), Melissa Frederick (MHS-Central Campus) Sherrie Solper (Jim Hill Middle School) or Missy Jansen (South Prairie Elementary). You can also access the website at (

– Daily News Staff