MHHS EAST program finalist for award

Mountain Home High School is one of five schools in the state selected as finalists for the Timothy R. Stephenson Founder’s Award.

The award represents the highest level of accomplishment for any school’s EAST program. It will be presented March 14th at the annual EAST Conference in Hot Springs.

The other four finalists are Armorel High School, Cross County High School in Cherry Valley, Harrisburg Middle School and Don Roberts Elementary School in Little Rock.

Matt Dozier, president and CEO of the EAST Initiative, says to be named a finalist in the Founder’s Award competition is, itself, a tremendous accomplishment. Dozier says it means these schools represent communities strengthened by service and technology and felt strongly enough about their accomplishments they self-selected their work for this extra level of consideration. It means students themselves are growing and becoming critical thinkers. It means they are using sophisticated tools to find innovative solutions to real-world problems.

The Founder’s Award, named in honor of the former law enforcement officer-turned-teacher who first established the principles of EAST while teaching at Greenbrier High School in 1996, is composed of three distinct categories: student growth; project sophistication and innovation; and community and collaboration.

EAST schools are invited to compete in each of these categories separately for Awards of Excellence. Those competing for all three Awards of Excellence are invited to submit further evidence of their intent to compete for the Founder’s Award. Among those that do, the schools scoring highest across all three categories are named Founder’s Award finalists. This year, 19 schools qualified and competed for the overall Founder’s Award.

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