Huntsman Education Awards
The Huntsman Education Awards reward bright and capable individuals working in Utah’s public schools. By celebrating these individuals, the awards seek to inspire current educators and to rekindle interest in the teaching profession among young people. Eleven winners will be selected in recognition of their outstanding contributions to Utah’s public school system and each will receive $10,000, donated by the Huntsman family.
Huntsman Education Awards
On Monday, January 28, 2019, the top two teams from each Nebo school, Payson Junior High School, Mapleton Junior High School, and Diamond Fork Junior High, met to compete in a Nebo School District “Battle of the Books” challenge.
The teams each read 20 books and then prepared to answer questions about those 20 books. They also had to memorize the titles and authors to all 20 books! First place went to Payson Junior High School’s FBI team. Second place was awarded to Mapleton Junior High School’s Reckoner team. Way to Battle!
Last weekend, January 26, 2019, Nebo had nearly 100 students representing all five Nebo School District High Schools at the Women’s and Men’s Honor All-State Choir held at the Salt Lake Tabernacle provided by the Utah Music Educators Association (UMEA). The Men’s and Women’s choirs had about 400 students each and were conducted by Utah choir teachers Merrilee Webb director at Dixie State and Rob Swenson (a former graduate of Spanish Fork High) director at American Heritage School. Each choir sang five pieces they had previously prepared and two combined numbers.
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Salem Elementary Principal Coral Lee Findlay thanked the Nebo School Board of Education for the opportunity to present some of the highlights at Salem Elementary. Travis Cuddeback, a sixth grader at Salem Elementary, led the Nebo School Board of Education in the Pledge of Allegiance. Another sixth-grade student, Macy Ford, addressed the Board and introduced the program.
Students at Mt. Nebo Junior High got a little dose of "reality" today as they participated in Reality Town. This fun, hands-on activity incorporated real-life scenarios and taught students the importance of budgeting, fiscal responsibility and getting an education. It was fun to see the reactions of students when they found out just how expensive real life can be!
KSL Teacher Feature honors Nebo educator, Gaylynn Parker, former teacher at Spanish Fork Junior High and current teacher at Payson High School. Mrs. Parker was honored for her accomplishments by the Zion’s Bank and KSL’s NewsRadio Teacher Feature award. Nominated last spring by a former student, Mrs. Parker was honored on January 10, 2019.
The Nebo Education Foundation is composed of 20 volunteer board members who live in cities serviced by Nebo School District. Board members meet each month to review and award grant requests, consider fund-raising avenues and other items that advance the educational opportunities for Nebo School District students. Many of the donations received are for selected projects, yet a substantial amount is available for the greatest need. Greatest need monies are considered for grants submitted by area schools.