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Beggs Of Rome Receives Clarkson University Inspirational High School Educator Award

Potsdam, N.Y. – Clarkson University Senior Peter Jones of Rome, N.Y., remembers Strough Junior High School technology education teacher John Beggs of Rome as a positive and guiding force who continues to shape his life and affect his decisions.

“I always ask myself when I am faced with a problem ‘how would John Beggs solve this?’” said Jones. “And it usually provides a feasible and realistic solution.”

Jones nominated Beggs for the 2002 Clarkson University Inspirational High School Educator Award. Beggs was one of six recipients chosen to receive the award at Clarkson’s commencement weekend, May 11-12.

“He is a perfectionist and encouraged and expected all his students to operate at a high level of productivity and efficiency,” added Jones. “The knowledge that I gained from him is unbelievable and I use it every day in one form or another. He always cared deeply about the potential that existed within each student.”

For the 13th consecutive year, Clarkson University recognized those educators who have made an indelible impact on the lives of Clarkson seniors. In early spring, graduating students are invited to nominate the one educator whom they feel has shaped their lives and influenced career choices. Winners are chosen from the nominations to receive the award.

“As a university, we rely on the talent and dedication of high school educators to prepare our students for the special challenges of college and adult life,” said Clarkson University Vice President of Student Affairs Gary Kelly. “It seems fitting, then, to recognize these remarkable individuals who have given so much time and energy to help young people develop the motivation and skills necessary to ensure their futures.”

Beggs and the other award recipients received the awards at a special dinner on the evening of May 11, and were honored during the commencement ceremonies the following day.

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