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Delcastle 11th grade Business Tech student Jozlyn Slivinkski is a national semifinalist in a competition to name the Mars 2020 Rover, sponsored by NASA, Future Engineers, and Battelle Education.

Jozlyn’s entry, Aspire, has been selected to represent Delaware in the high school division of the contest. Jozlyn’s essay described why Aspire would be the best-fitting name for the NASA vehicle, which is targeted for a July 2020 launch and is expected to touch down on Mars in February 2021. Her science teacher, Tim Dorsey, encouraged his student to submit entries. The winner will be announced February 18. For more information, visit: https://www.futureengineers.org/nametherover/gallery

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Howard’s Academy of Finance teacher Jamai Robinson is one of 13 to win a 2020 Innovative Delaware Educator Award, given by the University of Delaware’s Horn Entrepreneurship (HE). HE was established and is supported by successful entrepreneurs and thought leaders to empower aspiring innovators and entrepreneurs as they pursue new ideas for a better world.

To be considered for the award, Mr. Robinson submitted a project developed by his Academy of Finance (AF) students to reopen the school store which had only operated online for the past few years. The students proposed to reopen the storefront as a student-run business to give them experience and to encourage school spirit. They created a business plan, which they presented to their Bank of America mentors who work directly with them. The mentors were so impressed with the plan that they agreed to provide start-up funds for the launch, scheduled for February 4.

Mr. Robinson and the other Educator Award winners will be recognized at NeoFest, a celebration of what’s new, on May 7 at the Chase Center in Wilmington.

For more information, visit: http://horn.udel.edu/innovative-delaware-educator-award-winners-selected

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Howard High School of Technology and the NCC Vo-Tech School District were proud to play a role in hosting a landmark event January 3rd – the investiture of Delaware’s first black State Supreme Court Justice.

Justice Tamika Montgomery-Reeves took the oath of office on the Howard auditorium stage – the same stage from which the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his only public speech in Delaware – before the State Supreme Court Justices and Gov. John Carney. Representatives of Delaware’s Department of Justice, the Delaware Bar, elected officials, family, honored guests, and students from Howard’s Legal Administrative Assisting and Support Services programs were among the nearly 600 who witnessed the 90-minute ceremony. The district was approached with the unusual request to host the ceremony because of Howard’s significance in our nation’s Civil Rights history. While the logistics provided challenges, considering it was a school day for students, the Howard administrative team and custodial staff along with District personnel spent several weeks planning with the Department of Justice to ensure that the ceremony and reception would be a success.

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St. Georges Technical High School has been named a Safe Sports School, First Team for a three-year period. The award, given by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, champions safety and recognizes secondary schools that have met the recommended standards to improve safety in sports. The award reinforces the importance of providing the best level of care, injury prevention, and treatment.

“St. Georges Technical High School is honored to receive this 1st Team recognition from NATA,” said Mark Robinson, Athletic Trainer/Athletic Director “We remain committed to keeping our student athletes safe during physical education classes, team practices, and games so they can accomplish their own goals of great competition, high standards, fair sportsmanship, and good health. Our goal is to lead our athletics program to the highest safety standards for all of our student athletes.”

St. Georges joins four other Delaware high schools (A.I. duPont, Middletown, Dover, and Achmere Academy) that currently hold the Safe Sports School designation.

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Rachael Smith, a science teacher at Hodgson Vo-Tech High School, and Kathleen Wilson, a mathematics teacher at St. Georges Technical High School, are among six teachers named by the Delaware Department of Education as state finalists for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. This is the highest recognition in the US that K-12 math and science teachers can receive for outstanding teaching. Every year each state selects up to three math and three science teachers as state finalists. Later this year, a national selection committee will select one award winner in each content area for every state.

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Did you know that employment opportunities in all aspects of the construction and mechanical fields are among the fastest growth sectors in the economy? High-paying jobs are abundant to those who enter the skilled trades. To hear about these opportunities, the needs of local employers, and how NCC Vo-Tech students are preparing to enter the workforce, watch the video presentation below!

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Rachael Smith, a science teacher at Hodgson Vo-Tech High School, and Kathleen Wilson, a mathematics teacher at St. Georges Technical High School, are among six teachers named by the Delaware Department of Education as state finalists for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. This is the highest recognition in the US that K-12 math and science teachers can receive for outstanding teaching. Every year each state selects up to three math and three science teachers as state finalists. Later this year, a national selection committee will select one award winner in each content area for every state.

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