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School Board Recognitions
April 23, 2013

6. Student, Employee, and Public Awards and Recognitions
6A NASC National Gold Council of Excellence Award

The School Board is pleased to recognize Salem High School as a recipient of the 2013 National Gold Council of Excellence Award from the National Association of Student Councils (NASC). Representing Salem High School are:

Hailey S. SCA President
Jenny E., SCA Vice President
Zack R., SCA Treasurer
Morgan T., SCA Historian
Laura Tyler, Social Studies Teacher
Leslie Lehner, Math Teacher

For its exemplary record of leadership, service and activities focused on improving the school and the community, Salem High School's Student Council Association (SCA) has been awarded the 2013 National Gold Council of Excellence Award from the N-A-S-C. Salem is one of just three high school councils in Virginia, and one of only 163 in the nation, to receive the honor.

The two-year process for the Gold level award requires schools to demonstrate performance well beyond the basic requirements of a written constitution, regular meetings, democratic election process and membership in NASC. Salem's SCA was selected for the honor based on its leadership training for council members; teacher/staff appreciation activities; student recognition programs; school and community service projects; spirit activities; goal setting; financial planning; and active participation in the state and national student council associations.

Please join me in congratulating this outstanding school!

6B VHSL 2013 State Forensics Individual Champion
The School Board is pleased to recognize junior Olivia S., 2013 VHSL state champion in forensics, from First Colonial High School. Olivia became actively involved in Forensics at the start of her sophomore year when she placed fourth in the state for Poetry Interpretation. During the current school year, as a junior, Olivia placed first at the Beach District Tournament and the Eastern Regional tournament. She capped her superb by earning the State Champion title in Poetry Interpretation. In addition, she competed in the National Invitational at George Mason University and was one of the top six students in the U.S.

Please join me in congratulating Olivia for this outstanding accomplishment!

6C READ 180 Stage C Outstanding Educator
The School Board is pleased to recognize Tina Burnsworth, literacy teacher at Salem High School, for being named the 2013 READ 180 “Stage C” Outstanding Educator by Scholastic – the publisher of books and classroom materials.

READ 180 “Stage C” provides literacy support and assessment for high school students. Reading specialists and teachers are selected to facilitate the program based in part on certifications, endorsements, work experience and recommendations.

Scholastic’s Outstanding Educator awards recognize teachers who demonstrate an exceptional commitment to helping students overcome their reading challenges.

As a 2013 award recipient, Burnsworth will now have the opportunity to participate as a member of the national READ 180 Advisory Board.

Please join me in congratulating this outstanding teacher!

6D National Administrator’s Award – Educational Theatre Association
The School Board is pleased to recognize John Brewington; fine arts coordinator in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, for receiving the Educational Theatre Association’s 2012-2013 National Administrators’ Award.

Brewington is one of just three recipients of this award nationwide. It is given based on an exceptional history of recognition, encouragement and promotion of educational theatre.

A 28-year VBCPS veteran, Brewington taught music at the elementary and middle school level before being named Fine Arts Coordinator nine years ago. In this role, he works directly with fine arts teachers on curriculum, instructional practices and promotion of the special programs. Additionally, he often spends time back in the classroom critiquing and working directly with students in the performing arts.

Please join me in congratulating Mr. Brewington for a job well done and for his recent award.

That concludes our scheduled recognitions, Mr. Chairman.

Last Modified on Friday, January 20, 2017