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Four to Receive Clarkson University Inspirational High School Educator Award

Potsdam, N.Y. -- Four Clarkson University seniors have nominated teachers and a guidance counselor, who will be honored as the 2008 Clarkson University Inspirational High School Educators in May.

Each year, Clarkson seniors are invited to nominate a secondary school educator whom they feel has had a significant effect on their lives and helped guide their higher education decisions and career pursuits. The award recognizes these educators for their influential and lasting impact on their students and in their field of education.

Melissa S. Randall of North Rose, N.Y., who is majoring in business & technology management, and global supply chain management, nominated her former high school English teacher at North Rose-Wolcott School, Barbara Briscese of Wolcott, N.Y., because she genuinely cared about her students' successes, not only in the classroom, but outside of the classroom as well.

Rebecca L. Worthington of Stafford, N.Y., who is majoring in business & technology management, nominated her former high school social studies, economics, and U.S. history teacher at Pavillion Central School, David Dickson of Brockport, N.Y., because of his dedication and encouraging words, and always pushing his students to achieve the goals they never thought they could reach.

And Marissa Ainsworth of Gansevoort, N.Y., who is majoring in interdisciplinary engineering & management, nominated her former high school guidance counselor at Schuylerville Central School, John Guay of Middle Grove, N.Y., because he combines his creativity and enthusiasm for his students by inspiring them to pursue areas they did not think were possible.

Early in the spring term, graduating seniors at Clarkson submitted nomination forms that outlined their reasons for choosing the particular teacher, how the teacher influenced the student and an actual situation in which the teacher demonstrated characteristics of an outstanding educator.

This is the 19th consecutive year that Clarkson has bestowed this award. "Some high school educators are successful in motivating students and helping them to harness their capabilities and creativity in a quest to discover where their strengths lie, " said Clarkson University Vice President for University Outreach and Student Affairs Kathryn Johnson. " We, as a university, rely on those educators and their valuable guidance to our prospective students. We are proud to honor those who have given selflessly so that these students could have the best education possible."

The Inspirational High School Educator award recipients will be honored at a dinner on May 10 and recognized by University President Tony Collins in his address to the class of 2008 during the commencement ceremony the next day.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Annie Harrison, Director of Media Relations, at 315-268-6764 or]

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