Roger Darren High, an art teacher at Star City High School, was recognized as the 2011 winner of the Arkansas Education Association Local Newsletter Award during an awards presentation at the AEA Representative Assembly on November 4 in Little Rock.

Roger Darren High (right)

High received the award for writing and editing The Ram Page newsletter, produced for the Dermott Education Association, an affiliated local of the Arkansas Education Association and the National Education Association.

The award is designed to recognize a local association for producing outstanding local newsletters based on content and clarity of writing, design and artwork, and overall effectiveness as a communications tool.

“The quality and content of  The Ram Page is excellent, as is the newsletter’s dedication to promoting excellence in education and the teaching profession, and to supporting achievements within your community,” said Arkansas Education Association President Donna Morey.

High is a graduate of Monticello High School. He graduated from the University of Arkansas at Monticello in 2004 with a Bachelor of Arts in Art and English with a Writing concentration and received his certification through the Arkansas Department of Education Non-Traditional Licensure Program at the Southeast Arkansas Education Service Cooperative.

High left the Dermott School District this year after serving six years as the district’s first elementary art teacher. He served three years as president of the Dermott Education Association and editor of The Ram Page. He is now an art teacher at Star City High School and is editor the Star City Education Association’s The Star Navigator.

The Ram Page was launched in August of 2008 by High to provide members with information about AEA matters, educational issues, school events, educational grants, and other news of interest to Dermott’s educational professionals. In 2010 The Ram Page also won the first place Local Newsletter Award and in 2009 was awarded second place.

“I am honored to have been selected by the Arkansas Education Association to once again receive this award,” said High. “Effective communication is essential to the success of any organization.”