Since Granite Education Foundation’s inception in 1988, educator recognition and support has been a key priority. The Excel Awards are a prestigious honor given to the top ten educators of Granite School District and has been sponsored by Granite Education Foundation since the beginning. Students, administrators, parents, and colleagues nominate educators that exemplify the values of Granite School District. These individuals are then put through a rigorous review and observation process by experienced education specialists who ultimately identify ten teachers and administrators from all over the district. In mid April, up to 300 individuals from Granite School District, supporting businesses, community members, and local leaders gather to recognize and honor these ten winners in the Night of Honors a dinner and award ceremony.