Nominations Sought for MSU COVID-19 Hero Awards
By West Kentucky Star Staff
MURRAY - Murray State University is looking for nominations for its COVID-19 hero awards ahead of its annual Sparks Lecture.

Murray State University's College of Education and Human Services is hosting its annual Sparks Lecture on April 29 from 5 pm through 6 pm.

At the virtual event, a panel of prominent regional educators will discuss the pandemic's effects on students, families, and learning outcomes while also sharing ideas for how to create a suitable learning environment and encourage success among children. The college will also be recognizing various people with COVID-19 Hero awards.

Rather than limiting awards to educators, administrators, and service professionals as in the past, this year, the college is honoring individuals who have stepped up and made a difference in their community. Nominations are not limited to Murray State alumni.

If you know of an individual, or a group of people that deserve to be recognized for their contribution to society during the pandemic, considering nominating them at the link below. The deadline to submit nominations is April 15.

Panelists for the event include the following:

• Savannah Boone, a special education teacher at LaRue County High School, who was recently named Kentucky Special Education Teacher of the Year;
• Ally Scheer, a school counselor at Hendron-Lone Oak Elementary School, who recently received the Kentucky Counseling Association's Outstanding School Counselor Award;
• Jennifer Washburn, who serves as executive director of iKids Childhood Enrichment Center and is an exemplary professional in the field of early childhood education.

The event will also include a panel discussion moderated by Dr. Casey Allen, superintendent of Ballard County Schools.

Dr. David Whaley, dean of the College of Education and Human Services said, "We look forward to thoughtful discussion that will take place among these incredible educators as they reflect on lessons learned throughout the pandemic and offer special insights and suggestions to community members. We hope to have many parents, grandparents, and other guardians viewing this event."

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Published 12:07 AM, Tuesday Apr. 06, 2021
Updated 09:44 PM, Monday Apr. 05, 2021



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