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Jan. 27, 2005
Contact: Paula Naughtin, School of Education, (785) 864-3758.

Five KU alumni among 31 to receive state teaching awards Feb. 11 in Topeka

LAWRENCE -- Five University of Kansas alumni are among 31 beginning educators who will be recognized as 2005 Kansas Horizon Award recipients at a Feb. 11 luncheon in Topeka. Andy Tompkins, Kansas state commissioner of education, will present the awards.

Now in its third year, the statewide awards program recognizes second-year teachers who distinguished themselves as outstanding in their first year of teaching. The program, administered by the Kansas State Department of Education, is a regional competition with each of the four regions corresponding to U.S. congressional districts in Kansas.

Each school district can nominate one elementary and one secondary teacher for the award, and up to eight teachers, four elementary and four secondary, can be recognized from each region. Fifty-three teachers were nominated this year.

Among benefits of the teacher recognition, award recipients can have most expenses paid to participate in the Kansas Exemplary Educators Network and other professional teaching and leadership events aimed at encouraging lifelong careers in education.

KU Kansas Horizon Award recipients listed by school location and subject taught, KU academic program, parents' names (when available), high schools attended and award region are:

DOUGLAS COUNTY
From Lawrence
Deena Amont, art in grades 10 through 12 at Lawrence High School, completed KU visual arts education graduate certification program; James Caldwell High School, West Caldwell, N.J., graduate; Region 3.

JACKSON COUNTY
From Holton
Luke Lang, mathematics in grades nine through 12 at Holton High School; bachelor's degree in mathematics education; Oskaloosa High School graduate; Region 2.

JOHNSON COUNTY
From DeSoto
Natalie Goodwin, English at Mill Valley High School, bachelor's degree in language arts education and master's degree in education; daughter of Robert and Donna Goodwin, Fairway; Shawnee Mission East High School graduate; Region 3.

From Merriam
Randall Holt, fifth-grade classroom teacher at South Park Elementary School, bachelor's degree in elementary education and master's degree student in education administration; son of Robert and Nancy Holt, Belleville; Belleville High School graduate; Region 3.

RENO COUNTY
From Buhler
Hilarie Raleigh Hecox, physical science in grades nine through 12 at Buhler High School; bachelor's degree in science education and master's degree in education; Mike and Susan Raleigh, Windom; Region 1.

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