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June 6, 2016
Cherie Wilson Burgett, a 1999 Northwest Missouri State University alumna, recently was honored as the 2016 Missouri Journalism Teacher of the Year.
The Missouri Interscholastic Press Association (MIPA) honored Burgett, an advisor of award-winning print and online journalism programs at Staley High School, during its annual Journalism Day April 6 at the University of Missouri-Columbia. She received a plaque and a cash prize.
Burgett, who received her bachelor’s degree in broadcasting at Northwest, recently completed her ninth year as an English language arts teacher and advises Staley’s Legacy yearbook, Talon newsmagazine and StaleyNews.com. In addition, she teaches Journalism 1 and Journalism 1 Photography introductory courses.
A judge praised Burgett for her commitment to educating herself as well as her students and broadening their knowledge of new media. The judge also applauded the “top-notch” student publications, adding “the truly incredible, over-the-top amazing publication was the yearbook. The page design was beyond compare.”
“Her passion and dedication — for her students and journalism, equally — practically leaped from every page of her application,” the judge wrote. “In addition to her heavy class load, it is obvious this compassionate educator dedicates an inordinate amount of time mentoring students and providing a solid foundation for their future as journalists, if that is their choice, or simply being informed citizens in an increasingly global village.”
Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
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