Only One Week Left to Vote for the 2013 Janitor of the Year!

  Only One Week Left to Vote for the 2013 Janitor of the Year!

   Loved and valued by their schools and communities, the top 10 finalists
     represent the best-of-the-best in school janitors across the nation

Business Wire

CINCINNATI -- November 25, 2013

Time is running out to submit your vote for the 2013 Janitor of the Year –
voting ends on Monday, Dec. 2. Sponsored by Cintas Corporation (NASDAQ: CTAS),
the contest aims to recognize those who help make our schools a cleaner, safer
and healthier place.

“The response we’ve received from this contest has made one thing abundantly
clear,” said Dave Mesko, Senior Director of Marketing, Cintas Corp. “People
absolutely love their school janitors. We’ve got schools reaching out to their
communities through newsletters and social media to encourage voting, teachers
setting aside computer time so students can participate and even kids
campaigning for votes amongst friends and relatives – it’s wonderful.”

The winner of the Janitor of the Year contest will be crowned during the
second week in December, and will receive a $2,500 cash prize along with
$2,500 in Cintas products and services for his or her school. To cast your
vote, please visit

The top 10 finalists are:

1. Larry Aupperlee – Minnesauke Elementary School (East Setauket, NY): “Larry
Aupperlee has been a custodian at Minnesauke for the past 17 years, and always
goes the extra mile to ensure that things run smoothly. He has been seen
helping a parent or staff member change their flat tire, clean off their car
from snow, unload their cars with school materials and never hesitates to
assist in other small and large ways. Larry is a beloved member of the
Minnesauke family.”

2. Grady Harris – Hilltop Elementary School (Wyoming, OH): “Grady Harris is so
much more than a janitor. He is a loving guardian and friend to the nearly 300
students and teachers that enter the doors of Hilltop School every day. For
more than 23 years, Grady has been a loyal and faithful janitor, and always
goes above and beyond his job description to serve as the crossing guard at
the school every morning and afternoon, no matter the weather.”

3. Stuart Langford – Chico Country Day Charter School (Chico, CA): “Stuart
Langford is truly amazing and invaluable to our school. He puts in long hours
and stays extra, much like many in this profession. But lately, he has been
battling a growing homeless epidemic in our area, which has entailed getting
here early in the morning to clean the campus so that when kids and staff
arrive, there is no evidence of the nocturnal activities of a growing homeless

4. Arthur Moore – Upson Lee North Elementary School (Thomaston, GA):
“Dependability, professionalism, leadership – three words that carry such
merit, yet when compared to the work ethic of Arthur Moore, seem so
inadequate. In eight years, Arthur Moore has established the reputation of
being one of the most driven, responsible employees within our school system.
Mr. Moore accomplishes every task with a “can do” attitude, and works hard to
create an optimum environment for learning.”

5. Patrick Peterson – North Valley High School (Reno, NV): “Patrick Peterson
is not just our head janitor; he is the heart of North Valleys High School.
From the first day you set foot in our halls or fields, the teachers will brag
about Patrick’s efficiency and credit him for our beautiful school. Although
Patrick always goes above and beyond District and school expectations in
making our school clean and safe, Patrick’s best attribute is his attitude.”

6. Lynette Prior – Georgetown Middle School (Georgetown, SC): “Lynette always
has a smile for all of the children and teachers, and is loved by all who know
her. I cannot express how wonderful she is. At our school she isone of our
greatest assets. When otherjanitors have problems such as stripping and
waxing their hall she helps them after she cleans her own andasks nothing in
return. She believes in the "golden rule" and models to our children every
day. She is a great role model.”

7. Dan Smith – Henry Senachwine CUSD 5 (Henry, IL): “Dan is an employee
everyone wishes they had.He is honest, dependable, hard-working and has been
a very valuable person to our School District for the last 20 years.He goes
above and beyond his duties.He has saved this district thousands of dollars
in his ability to fix and repair breakdowns. Whenever a building problem
arises, we call on Dan and he is always willing to lend his expertise to the
subject at hand.”

8. Susan Suehs – Magnolia Elementary School (Joppa, MD): “Mrs. Suehs is a
tireless staff member who has worked diligently in her three years at Magnolia
Elementary to improve the school environment making it a healthy, safe place
to teach and learn. Under Mrs. Suehs’ leadership our custodial staff received
a “Certificate of Appreciation” for outstanding performance for the 2011-2012
school year and was recognized as the “Most Improved” elementary school.”

9. Alan Thibault – W. Edward Balmer Elementary School (Whitinsville, MA):
“Alan has been part of our custodial team for 18 years and throughout his
time, has kept the building immaculate. Alan has a great working relationship
with staff and students, and is always ready to step in with new suggestions
and ideas to make the school a better place.”

10. Mike Woodruff – Archbishop McNicholas High School(Cincinnati, OH): “How
can any one person be everywhere for everyone?Just ask Mike Woodruff, he
knows.Mike Woodruff has served McNicholas High School for over 20 years, and
he is the consummate professional…extremely hard-working, resourceful and
kind. He is always available to lend a hand to others, no matter how much he
has on his own to-do list, and it is always with a smile and a ‘Good Morning,

For more information, please contact Jennifer Petersen at 312-664-1532 or

About Cintas Corporation:

Headquartered in Cincinnati, Cintas Corporation provides highly specialized
services to businesses of all types primarily throughout North America. Cintas
designs, manufactures and implements corporate identity uniform programs, and
provides entrance mats, restroom cleaning and supplies, tile and carpet
cleaning, promotional products, first aid, safety, fire protection products
and services and document management services for more than 1 million
businesses. Cintas is a publicly held company traded over the Nasdaq Global
Select Market under the symbol CTAS and is a component of the Standard &
Poor’s 500 Index.


Mulberry Marketing Communications
Jennifer Petersen, 312-664-1532
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