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Medworth named Teacher of the Year

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Members of the V.F.W. Post 1127 presented Northview High School Band Director Bob Medworth with the V.F.W. District 7 Teacher of the Year award. On hand included (from left) V.F.W. Post Commander Bob Bigley, V.F.W. Quartermaster Jackie Hall, Medworth, and V.F.W. Adjutant Craig Coil. Jason Moon Photo. [Order this photo]
For three decades, Bob Medworth has been a staple in the Clay County community and has the awards to prove it.

He has received teaching awards from the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and Walmart. He won the Golden Apple award sponsored by WTHI and has won a Clay County Focus award.

He also received the Sagamore of the Wabash award in 1995 from then Gov. Evan Bayh.

Just last month, he and his wife, Ruth Ann, won the WTHI Make A Difference award.

On Tuesday, the accolades continued as the V.F.W. Post 1127 presented Medworth with the Indiana V.F.W. District 7 Teacher of the Year award.

"I was in shock," Medworth said. "I'm humbled and I'm shocked. I had no idea why I was going down there."

Medworth said he had received a phone call earlier in the day from a V.F.W. representative asking him to come to the facility.

V.F.W. Post 1127 Post Commander Bob Bigley said there are 11 districts in the states and 21 posts are represented in District 7.

Bigley added this is the first time a teacher from the Brazil post received the district award.

Medworth will now compete against 10 other Teacher of the Year award winners for the state title, which Bigley said could be announced within a month. There is also a national award, which will be presented later this year.

Post 1127 Adjutant Craig Coil said colleagues and students submit applications for the award and the local organization then sends it to the district level to be voted on.

Bigley and Coil presented Medworth with a certificate and a $150 check.

Prior to receiving the items, V.F.W. representatives provided a presentation, which surprised Medworth.

"I thought the resolution that was read was really, really nice," Medworth said. "I didn't realize we had been in the top five 21 times."

Medworth added the money would be donated to the Northview Band Boosters to be used as seed money for the program's Breakfast with Santa for underprivileged children.

The event was born this past year through grant money the program received from the Pepsi Refresh Everything Foundation. It coincides with the NHS Christmas Spectacular.

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One of the real mentors in our community. He has shown many students how far they could go by giving 110%.

-- Posted by Jenny Moore on Thu, Feb 17, 2011, at 9:13 AM

Congratulations !

-- Posted by Soni on Thu, Feb 17, 2011, at 11:14 AM

Congratulations Mr. Medworth! Thank you for all you do.

-- Posted by Proud of My Country on Thu, Feb 17, 2011, at 1:34 PM

The man!

-- Posted by Oldone1959 on Thu, Feb 17, 2011, at 1:39 PM