State’s 3 Presidential Scholars recognize WEAC members as most influential teachers

Three graduating Wisconsin seniors have been named Presidential Scholars for 2016, and each named WEAC members as their most influential teachers.

According to the Department of Public Instruction:

  • Paige Kassner, of Kewaunee Senior High School, named Dawne Kennedy, who teaches reading and special education.
  • Gabriel Saiz of West High School in Madison, credited Advanced Placement European History teacher Susan Gevelber.
  • Kendra Spier of Cambridge High School, named Agriculture Teacher Emily Klingbeil.

Spier is a U.S. Presidential Scholar in Career and Technical Education, a new recognition category.

The students will receive medallions on June 19 at the White House.

The students are among 160 honorees nationwide. Typically the honor is given for academic achievement, but 20 students in the country are U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts and 20 are U.S. Presidential Scholars in Career and Technical Education.

“I am so happy for these young people, who represent the outstanding graduates of the Class of 2016,” said State Superintendent Tony Evers.

“My message to these scholars, and all 2016 graduates, is to keep learning and giving; you will create a better future for all of us.”