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Nominations open for Presidential Scholars, Horizon Award programs

The Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) administers several award programs that can help districts recognize outstanding students and teachers throughout the state.

Nominations for the Presidential Scholars and the 2024 Horizon Award programs are now available.

The Presidential Scholars Program recognizes and honors high school students who have demonstrated high achievements academically or in the arts – some having to overcome special challenges or hurdles to do so.

High-achieving students who demonstrated excellence in career and technical education (CTE) also can be recognized through the Presidential Scholars in Career and Technical Education Program. This program began in 2016.

The Presidential Scholars and Presidential Scholars in Career and Technical Education programs are two separate programs and require separate nomination forms.

To nominate a student for the Presidential Scholars program or the Presidential Scholars in Career and Technical Education program, a nomination form must be completed and submitted to the address indicated on the nomination form. Nomination forms may be accessed here.

Schools may only nominate two students for each program from their school.

The Kansas Horizon Award Program offers Kansas school districts an excellent opportunity to honor exemplary first-year teachers.

The program recognizes and rewards teachers who have served as outstanding representatives of excellent teaching in the elementary and secondary classrooms of the state during their first year of teaching.

Horizon Award winners receive special recognition during the KEEN State Education Conference, which takes place each February in Topeka.

Nominated teachers must have completed their first year of teaching and be starting their second year. It is easy to nominate a teacher from your district — simply click on this link.

Completed nominations for all of the above-mentioned programs must be postmarked no later than Oct. 10.

For more information about any of these programs, contact KSDE’s Tamla Miller at (785) 296-4950 or email her at tmiller@ksde.org.

Posted: Aug 10, 2023,
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