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Huntsman Awards for Excellence in Education

Nominations for the 2008 Huntsman Awards for Excellence in Education are now being accepted through 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 2. Each year the Huntsman family presents a check for $10,000 and a crystal obelisk to each of 10 outstanding Utah public educators. Nominations are reviewed by a board of some of the state’s most prominent citizens and eminent educators. Winners will be announced and the awards presented at a banquet in May. Nomination forms are available through any public school, the local PTA, or by logging on to Huntsman’s education awards Web site at .

Alumni Achievements

Park City’s Lauren Moffitt, a senior majoring in biology at the University of Portland, has made the dean’s list, earning at least a 3.5 grade-point average for the 2007 fall semester. Rose Wiggin Brennan, a Dartmouth College student in the class of 2011 from Park City, has been cited for outstanding academic achievement in Writing Program 005 during the fall 2007 term. Members of the Dartmouth faculty are invited to submit citation reports only when a student’s work is sufficiently distinguished to merit special recognition. Typically only a few undergraduates receive citations each term.

Prudential scholarship winner

Park City High School junior Robert Malcolm was named one of Utah’s top youth volunteers for 2008 by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a nationwide program honoring young people for outstanding acts of volunteerism. Malcolm will receive $1,000, an engraved silver medallion and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., in early May. Malcolm has provided thousands of winter-clothing articles and more than 300 pounds of food to needy people in the Salt Lake City community through an ongoing collection campaign and an annual fencing tournament.

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School board decisions

This Tuesday, Feb. 12, the Park City School Board voted to approve Jeremy Ranch Elementary School’s request to modify school property so that a shade structure may be installed. The board also voted to fund a full-day kindergarten program at each elementary school for at-risk students, as well as investigate a tuition-based community education extended-day kindergarten program. In addition, the board will be applying to become a Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) school district, allowing the schools to accept foreign-exchange students who carry F-1 visas.