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2017 Fine Art Award Winners for Speech: Mary Nelson and Molly Nixon

The recipients who earned the Fine Art recognition awards -- the Distinguished Service Award and the Class Act Award -- are teacher-coaches who have set the bar high.

Given for the first time during the 2009-10 school year, the criteria for the two awards is similar. The recipients must be actively involved in IESA Speech. The recipients must demonstrate the ability to develop and promote standards of good performance practices, integrity and life skills within their students. The contributions of both award winners must have positively impacted students and the school community.

For the Distinguished Service Award winner, the contributions must be significant and/or long term for someone involved with Speech for over eight years of teaching and coaching. For the Class Act Award winner, the contributions are from someone involved with Speech for at least 3 and not more than 8 years of teaching and coaching.

Mary Nelson, who has been teaching at Dunlap Middle School for 33 years, and who has coached the speech team for 16 years, is the 2017 Distinguished Service Award winner. Mrs. Nelson leads a growing speech program at Dunlap Middle. In 2016, DMS was represented in competition by 125 students. She organizes and controls the program without micromanaging. Mary has served on the Speech Advisory Committee, served as a Judge Representative, and presented at several Fall Workshops. Mary has created a great sense of ownership of the DMS Speech Team among students, staff, and community.

Molly Nixon, who has been teaching at Epiphany School for 8 years, and who has coached the speech team for 6 years, is the 2017 Class Act Award winner. Ms. Nixon has been a catalyst for the growth of the Fine Arts programs at Epiphany School. Molly sees Speech as a life-skill needed for all students and her enthusiasm has grown the number of participating students. Molly has served on the Speech Advisory Committee, served as a Judge Representative, and presented at several Fall Workshops.

Congratulations to Mary Nelson and Molly Nixon. 



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