North Boone High School teachers win 'Unsung Heroes' awards - – Rockford’s News Leader

North Boone High School teachers win 'Unsung Heroes' awards


Two teachers at North Boone High School will receive a $2,000 grant as part of an Unsung Heroes awards competition.

Teachers Nicholas Augustine and Brian Arenz were selected from a group of more than 1,000 applicants, and the team is one of only 100 winners across the country who will receive the monetary award to help fund and bring life to their creative idea, Campaign Competition. They will also now compete with other winners for one of the top three prizes — an additional $5,000, $10,000 or $25,000.

Augustine and Arenz's teaching idea, Campaign Competition, will benefit the American government class they co-teach.

As part of the discussion on the executive branch, students will identify the characteristics of a successful political leader and then research a candidate they support for the 2016 election. They will use the knowledge they obtain to develop a functioning campaign within the academic setting. Students will finance their election through "donation checks" obtained from administrators, faculty and students. The collected finances will then pay for advertising, information and staff assistance. The students will conclude their campaign with a debate and a school-wide vote to determine who wins the election.

The award is part of a program by Voya Financial, Inc., which is a leading provider of retirement plans for educators.

"Voya Financial is honored to salute these outstanding teachers who have the vision to pioneer new methods and techniques in the classroom that inspire learning," says Bernie Heffernon, senior vice president of tax-exempt markets for retirement solutions at Voya Financial.


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