MTHS students to honor community member with Beowulf Award
Kristen Freeman's English students at Marked Tree High School will be working to honor a community member as part of their first major project of the year.
Students have picked people they feel are deserving of the Beowulf Award, which is meant to highlight individuals who have been strong role models or done something inspirational within the community. Freeman said the assignment is part of the curriculum of project-based learning that aims to involve the community in students' projects. "My hope is to get kids more involved," Freeman said. She said oral communication skills and collaboration will be a big part of this project for her students.
Her students nominated several teachers for the award. Each group will interview one of the people nominated and put together a portfolio which, among other things, will document their nominee's accomplishments and include public relations material. As a way to involve the community in the project, this reporter served as a guest speaker for her classes to answer students' questions about interviewing and writing press releases. Freeman said other classes are also being involved in the project. JROTC students will be making the plaque that will be awarded, and the Journalism class is making the brochures for the awards banquet.
Students will introduce their nominees at an awards banquet that will take place at 6 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 26, in the Marked Tree High School Auditorium. The public is invited to attend. The MTHS English teachers will be deciding the winner, and the winner will be announced that night.
Those who have been nominated for the award are: Col. Clarence Overbay, Chad Stoddard, Coach Cody Wallis, Brenda Criswell, Sgt. Donald Perry, Jessie Goline, and Bobbie Pharis.