Evan Stoltzfus receives Walter award 03.10.2010

Written by David Green.

Fayette High School senior Evan Stoltzfus will be among 11 area seniors honored March 16 at the Franklin B. Walter Awards Banquet and Ceremony at the Northwest Ohio Educational Service Center.

The event will honor students and teachers from the four-county region. An outstanding student from each district will receive a scholarship award of $150, and one county winner will be awarded $500.

The awards promote teaching excellence along with student achievement, and one teacher is recognized in each school district.

Each student who applied for the award wrote a tribute to the teacher who provided the most positive influence on the student’s success in school. Stoltzfus chose to honor mathematics teacher Barbara Bruggeman.

Education Teacher Recognition winners for each county will also be announced the evening of the banquet.

Other students honored are Morgan Ducey, Archbold (and Ryan Throne, English teacher); Mariah Moyers, Evergreen (and social studies teacher Bill Blanchong); Chelsea Schmucker, Pettisville (and English teacher Rebecca Dorosz); Eric Mann, Delta (and Dennis Heban, mathematics teacher);

Dana Herr, Swanton (and Christine Curtis-McCormack, Spanish teacher); Tirth Patel, Wauseon (and Trent Thomas, science teacher); Courtney Handy, Edon (and Lisa Heslop, Spanish teacher); Nathan Shaffer, Hilltop (and Dan Beck, mathematics teacher); Ariel Gruber, North Central (and Marcia Phipps, elementary teacher); Taylor Waidelich, Stryker (and Judy Wyse, mathematics teacher).

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