Roger High and AEA officer Michelle Howell

The Star City Education Association was recognized as the 2012 winner of the Arkansas Education Association Local Newsletter Award during an awards presentation at the AEA Representative Assembly on Friday, November 9 at the Doubletree Hotel in Little Rock.

Monticello resident and Star City High School art teacher Roger Darren High accepted the award for editing The Star Navigator newsletter, produced for the Star City Education Association, an affiliated local of the Arkansas Education Association and the National Education Association.

“We salute your accomplishment on a job well done on the content of your newsletter and on advocating the association’s positions and goals, and on the overall design and artwork,” said Arkansas Education Association President Donna Morey.

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.

“We are honored to receive this award and to have AEA recognize the hard work done by the educational professionals in the Star City School District,” said High, the Star City Education Association Vice President and editor of The Star Navigator.

The Star Navigator was launched in September of 2011 by the Star City Education Association to provide members with information about AEA matters, educational issues, school events, educational grants, and other news of interest to the school district’s educational professionals.

“As editor of the newsletter, I would like to everyone who contributed material to The Star Navigator, especially Suzi Davis, Teresa Scifres, and Dr. Richard Montgomery,” High said.

This is the third first place AEA Local Newsletter Award in a row for High. He received the first place AEA Local Newsletter Award in 2011 and 2010 and the second place AEA Local Newsletter Award in 2009, for editing the Dermott Education Association’s local newsletter The Ram Page.

“To be honest, I was not completely surprised about this award,” said Star City Education Association President Suzi Davis, art teacher for Jimmy Brown Elementary School. “Roger High does an excellent job as our editor. I could not imagine another newsletter with as much quality and detail. I am very proud of it.”

The Star City Education Association also received an Increase in Membership award at the Arkansas Education Association Representative Assembly.

“I am excited that our organization had a significant increase last year and I am hoping for growth this year as well,” said SCEA President Suzi Davis, who is currently serving her second year as president of the organization. “With more dedicated members, we will be able to make a greater impact within our schools.”

The Arkansas Education Association is a state affiliate of the National Education Association (NEA).

The National Education Association (NEA), the nation’s largest professional employee organization. Its 3.2 million members work at every level of education—from pre-school to university graduate programs. NEA has affiliate organizations in every state and in more than 14,000 communities across the United States.

Star City High School art teacher Roger Darren High accepts the 2012 Arkansas Education Association Local Newsletter Award from Michelle Howell, AEA Secretary-Treasurer, during an awards presentation at the AEA Representative Assembly on Friday, November 9 at the Doubletree Hotel in Little Rock.