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It’s been said that each school year’s “awards season” kicks off with the Academic Awards Banquet – an evening celebrating the top 10% of our high schools’ graduating classes and the teachers those students select as their key educators. This year was no different, as 81 high school seniors were honored at the Casper Events Center on Sunday, April 28.
The Academic Awards Banquet was started in 1998 to recognize the top academic achievers among all students graduating from NCSD’s four high schools. Each honoree is asked to nominate three NCSD educators who have most inspired them in their studies. Those educators then have the chance to be honored even further by receiving one of the Ellbogen Meritorious Educator Awards, presented to those educators who have received the most nominations from students honored at the banquet. Awardees share equally $7000 awarded at each of the three grade levels (elementary, middle school/junior high, and high school). The John P. Ellbogen Foundation and Ruth R. Ellbogen Foundation provide the funding for the honored teachers. The 2013 Ellbogen Meritorious Educator Awards are as follows:
Elementary Grade Levels
Michelle Adkins – Southridge Elementary
Randy McIntyre – Park Elementary
Junior High/Middle School Grade Levels
Kayla McGurrin – Centennial Junior High
Jeffrey McMullen (posthumously) – Centennial Junior High
High School Grade Levels
Justin Kidneigh – KWHS
Brandie Reed – KWHS
Brian Sanders – NCHS
For a complete look at the 81 students honored, as well as a list of all of the nominated educators, please view the 2013 Academic Awards Banquet Program by clicking on the image below.