Karen Whetzel, a retired Shenandoah County educator, received the 2013 Distinguished Service Award from the Shenandoah Valley Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa International.
Whetzel, who worked as an elementary librarian and high school principal, is vice president for membership for Shenandoah Valley Phi Delta Kappa. She is also a member of the Shenandoah County School Board, the Shenandoah Memorial Hospital-Valley Health Board of Trustees, Virginia Alpha Omicron Sorority and many other organizations. Whetzel received her B.S. and M.S. degrees from Madison College (now James Madison University) and did graduate work in administration at JMU. She is a member of a training cadre for the Virginia Department of Education and is a volunteer at the New Market Area Library.
Dr. Larry Roller, one of the founding members of Shenandoah Valley Phi Delta Kappa who was present at the meeting where the award was represented, commented on the history of the Distinguished Service Award and noted that he taught Whetzel at Madison College.