BOUNTIFUL — Davis County students and teachers have been honored for a variety of accomplishments over the past few weeks. They include successes in areas from art to science:
A work of art by Woods Cross student Kayla Bumm received first place recognition from the 2nd Congressional District. The piece, which was entered in the Springville Museum Art Show, was selected to be on display at the U.S. Capitol for one year. Southwest Airlines donated round-trip tickets for Kayla and her mother to attend the exhibit’s opening gala.
Aubree Matheson was recognized for creating the HEART (Helping Encourage And Recognize Teens) Initiative. The Clearfield High School senior developed the program, which recognizes every student at the school for an accomplishment. The initiative came as a result of two student suicides last year.
Two Davis School District teachers were recognized with the Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction Award. Jamie Ellis, an International Baccalaureat teacher at Clearfield High and Julie Laub, a science teacher at Davis High, were given the awards for being outstanding role models who have made a difference in the lives of their students by encouraging them to strive for excellence.
A Bountiful Junior High Honors Science class led by Becky Dunleavy, earned an Honorable Mention at the Exploravision competition sponsored by the National Science Teachers Association and Toshiba. The designation means the students ranked in the top 10 percent of students who competed nationally.
Kim Rathke, a teacher at Central Davis Junior High, and Kathy Sutherland, of Burton Elementary, recently recertified for the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. There are only 218 national board certified teachers in Utah. To certify, teachers must demonstrate the use of effective classroom practices, standards-based instruction and a focus on student achievement, according to a press release.