Education awards and good work

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Editorial: Nov. 26, 2013

TOPIC: Good work in our schools
OUR VIEW: Teachers, students making it work

Leslie Lewis is a teacher at Central Hardin High School and likely never envisioned herself as the winner of a national award.
But she is one.
A family and consumer sciences teacher at CHHS, Lewis recently was selected as the National Family and Consumer Sciences Pride Award winner. The award recognizes an educator for promotion and development of family and consumer sciences education.
Nominated for the award by a co-worker, Lewis was a region and state winner before learning of this honor.
She says her mission is to have her students connected to the community. She does this by bringing in guest speakers and providing service project opportunities for organizations such as Warming Blessings and Kosair Children’s Hospital.
She said she entered teaching to be able to make a difference in the community. Lewis has done that and equally as important, she has made a significant impact on the lives of her students by opening their eyes to the opportunities ahead.
Lewis receives the award next month in Las Vegas.
TWO WINNERS. Two Hardin County Schools teachers have been recognized as Claes Nobel Educators of Distinction by the National Society of High School Scholars.
Angela Cannon is a teacher at North Hardin High School and Jesse Cantrall is a teacher at Central Hardin High School.
The award recognizes teachers who serve as role models and encourage and motivate their students. Both winners were nominated by students who are members of the national society.
Elizabethtown High School’s Jennifer Fulford and Jennifer Brown of John Hardin High School are two teachers who previously have been selected as Educators of Distinction.
YOUNG AUTHOR. Holly Haas, a fifth-grader at Lincoln Trail Elementary School, says she will write more now that’s she has become a published author.
Hass was one of 10 winners in a national essay contest for Storyworks magazine, a Scholastic publication used by teachers. Holly’s essay on a play involving mythical hero Hercules was submitted by her teacher, Alana Wooldridge.
It’s now being enjoyed by other students across the nation and Holly has experienced a thrill unique to writers.
“I like sharing my ideas with other people and see how they respond,” she said.
NORTH BAND. The North Hardin High School marching band ended the competition season on a high note.
North Hardin was chosen as a second-place winner in the nation last weekend in Class 2-A in the semifinals of the Bands of America Grand National Championships at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis — home of the NFL’s Colts.
North Hardin placed in the top 30 in the competition preliminaries to gain a spot in the semifinals. In all, more than 90 bands took part.

This editorial represents a consensus of The News-Enterprise editorial board.