By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican
Marc Mroczek, who teaches grade 7-8 English and physical education, and is a three-sport coach at Chase County Schools earned a district VFW teacher award.
As winner of the District 4 Citizenship Education Teacher Award, he will now compete at the state level for the award against 10 other district winners. He also won a plaque and cash award.
The state winner to be decided this summer, then goes on to the national contest.
P.J. Pajerski, Imperial VFW Post 4688 commander, said Mroczek has been a strong supporter of the VFW Post here, especially in his work with eighth graders encouraging entries in the annual VFW Patriot’s Pen essay contest.
Pajerski indicated Chase County Schools always has many entries in the contest coming from Mroczek’s students.
Mroczek was recognized with the award for grades 6-8. The VFW also has two other teacher awards, for grade K-5 and 9-12 teachers.
All three of the educators were honored Sunday at a District 4 banquet in Ogallala.
Mroczek said this week it “was quite an honor” to receive the award.
In addition to Mroczek’s teaching duties, he’s also head high school girls’ basketball coach, head high school boys’ track coach and an assistant Longhorn football coach.
Four members of the Imperial Post and Auxiliary also attended Sunday’s banquet in Ogallala, along with members of Mroczek’s and wife, Michelle’s families.
Nebraska’s State Citizenship Education Teacher Award winner will be announced in June in Grand Island, and be forwarded onto the national level.
The national winner will win $1,000, another $1,000 will go to his/her school, along with plaques for the teacher and school.
Other District 4 Citizenship Education Teacher Award winners recognized Sunday were Deanna Klosenwith of Stapleton Public School, grades K-5, and Adrienne Johnson of Maywood Public Schools, grades 9-12. Their entries, too, will be forwarded on to the state competition.
CCS senior recognized
Chevy Smith, a senior at Chase County Schools, was also at the banquet Sunday where he was recognized for placing third in the District 4 Voice of Democracy essay contest for high school students.
Smith was the Imperial Post/Auxiliary’s first place Voice of Democracy winner, and his essay was forwarded onto the district level.
Auxiliary President Sue Moore said CCS students who were chosen local winners in the Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen essay contests will be recognized locally later on.