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Portrait of Elizabeth Morgan unveiled

Superintendent thanks retired school administrators for painting

September 15, 2010|By HEATHER KEELS

In a ceremony Wednesday morning, the Washington County Retired School Administrators unveiled a portrait of Schools Superintendent Elizabeth Morgan that will hang in the lobby of the school system's central office in honor of Morgan's selection as the 2010 National Superintendent of the Year.

"She has truly been a wonderful leader, so this is our small way of saying, 'Thank you, Dr. Morgan, for a wonderful job,'" said Bob Wantz, a member of the Washington County Retired School Administrators steering committee. "I think we all stand a little taller today because of this National Superintendent of the Year that is here in Washington County with us."

The portrait was painted by Marjorie Tressler, a Washington County native and South Hagerstown High School graduate. It is an oil painting on linen, in formal portrait style, and shows Morgan seated wearing a red suit.

"It was a joy to work with her and a joy to paint her," Tressler said.

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She said she spent about four hours with Morgan in her home and then took about six months to paint the portrait, working from a photograph.

When the portrait was unveiled, Morgan said it brought tears to her eyes. She complimented Tressler for her talent and patience.

Morgan thanked the retired administrators for the portrait and for their contributions to Washington County Public Schools.

"We wouldn't be where we are today if it hadn't been for your foundational work, your hard work over many years," she said.

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