Young Kentuckians are inspiring. They exhibit the values, skills and enthusiasm that are the hallmarks of engaged, responsible citizens. Yet behind each of them is an unsung hero who invested his or her own talents and energy into the success of this state and its youth.
The Kentucky Outstanding Civic Education Leadership Award highlights and rewards these individuals for their extraordinary efforts to promote civic engagement among Kentucky students.
Any P-16 teacher, school administrator, educational leader, legislator or community organization leader who has made notable contributions toward promoting or implementing civic learning to prepare students to be engaged and responsible citizens is eligible for the Award. One finalist is selected from each Kentucky Sweet 16 region, and prizes, including a plaque for each finalist and a $1,000 award for the winner to use toward resources or equipment for the his or her school or program, will be presented at a ceremony during the Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Men's Basketball Sweet 16 Tournament in Lexington.
Diane Ford of Owensboro (Region 3) received the 2017 Outstanding Civic Education Leadership Award. She developed the Wendell H. Ford Statesmanship Academy, in honor of her husband Clay Ford's late grandfather, U.S. Sen. Wendell H. Ford of Kentucky. The Ford Academy exposes students to all facets of local, state and federal government; teaches students to engage in civil discourse on public policy; and most importantly, to learn how to engage in thoughtful debate and discussion where all viewpoints are respected.
The 16 regional finalists in 2017:
• Region 1 - State Rep. Gerald Watkins
• Region 2 - Madison Sewell
• Region 3 - Shad Chappell
• Region 4 - Gary Copley
• Region 5 - Ricky Lane
• Region 7 - Delquan Dorsey
• Region 8 - Christine Hoerlein
• Region 9 - Ryan Salzman
• Region 10 - Tracy Florer
• Region 11 - Marisa Aull
• Region 12 - William Durham
• Region 13 - Kateena Haynes
• Region 14 - Brandi Sims
• Region 15 - Bob Hutchison
• Region 16 - Larry Bailey
This opportunity to recognize leaders who are devoted to ensuring a bright future for our state and help them continue their good work would not be possible without the Secretary of State's co-sponsors, the Adminstrative Office of the Courts and the Kentucky Department of Education. In addition to a financial contribution, the AOC judges the applications/nominations.
If you are interested in applying or nominating someone for the award, please download the application/nomination packet when it becomes available in January 2018. Please contact the office at (502) 564-3490 or via email if you would like any additional information.