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Local teacher honored in national competition


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A Chugiak High School history teacher was named the Alaska teacher representing the state in a national competition recognizing teaching excellence of the subject of history.

Debbie LaRue received $500 as the state winner and competed for national honors in the 2014 Patricia Behring Teacher of the Year award, sponsored by the National History Day project and television’s History Channel.

The national winner was announced on June 19 at the University of Maryland. Aggie Przeslicke of Roosevelt High School in Chicago was named the national winner, according to a news release on the National History Day website.

“Being recognized as a Patricia Behring Teacher of the Year for the state of Alaska is a humbling experience,” LaRue said in a press release issued by the Anchorage School District. “My students compete against students from all over Alaska who have been mentored by gifted history teachers. I strive to hone my craft to such a level. The Patricia Behring Award is an affirmation of the time, energy, and expertise I have contributed to my student’s history education. It is inspires me to continue my pursuit of a highly engaging history education for each of my students.”

Ten of the 51 students receiving honors in the Alaska State History Day competition in April 2014 were LaRue’s students. The CHS students winning first place state awards are: Katie Bozone, Cameron Carlson, Emily Jensen, Tynan Jordan, Natalie Musil, Taylor Ormsbee, Michael Rees-Benyo, Dawson Sanders, William Spear and Annika Yancey.

None of the 51 entries from Alaska advanced to the final selection phase for the national competition held June 15-19.

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