Glen Rose ISD and Glen Rose High School faculty announced the addition of this year’s distinguished honoree to the roster of Tiger’s Eye Award recipients.

On Tuesday, a crowd gathered at Glen Rose Junior High for the presentation of this year’s award to Patricia West, former educator at GRHS.

Each May, GRHS and GRISD presents one of its highest honors to a former student. The recipient of this award must be a graduate of the local high school and one who has supported the district and its students in a continued manner.

West, a 1966 graduate of GRHS and former business teacher at the campus, was surprised earlier this week during a gathering of locals for the grand opening of the new science laboratories at the junior high school.

After serving 24 years as an educator at GRHS, West continues to support Tiger athletics and is a fixture at many sporting events, as well as student theater productions. She is a familiar face that can be found in “her” spot at Tiger Stadium, rain or shine, hot or cold, cheering on the football teams. West also regularly supports the Tiger basketball and volleyball teams.

She is also known for her avid support of local agricultural science students who choose to undertake animal projects for livestock shows by providing showmanship awards.

In addition to support students’ extracurricular activities, West provides a scholarship each year to a graduating GRHS senior in memory of her late husband, Alvin West.

During GRHS commencement exercises later this month West will be presented with a specially designed ring made of the semi-precious stone, tiger’s eye. The custom ring is created by local jeweler, Jeff Hardie.

Additionally, West will play an important role in upcoming commencement exercises, and her name will be added to a large plaque on display in the GRISD Auditorium.

Past recipients include Billie Flanary, Weldon Hart, Logan Starnes, Jackie Epps, Windell Rozelle, Dorothy Gibbs, Jeanne Hart, Eddie Flanary, Sam White and Lloyd Wirt. In true “Tiger” fashion, several of past recipients were present for the announcement.

Now in its eleventh year, the Tiger’s Eye Award recipient is selected by a committee comprised of former GRHS students, including two representatives from each decade.

The committee rotates each year and nominations are made through a public nomination process. Patti Flannery and Judy May, co-chair the committee that selects one deserving recipient per year.

In order to be selected the individual must be a GRHS graduate and still living. The Tiger’s Eye Award is not presented posthumously.

The award strives to recognize someone with continued support and service to GRISD, including volunteering in the school system, monetary support or loyal attendance to school-sponsored events.

Congratulations, Patricia West!