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Citadel News Service

For Release
Feb. 14, 2005

 The Citadel launches statewide Spanish Teacher of the Year award

           Building on its year-old Lowcountry Spanish Teacher of the Year contest, The Citadel's Chapter of Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, this year has launched a statewide effort to recognize outstanding Spanish teachers.

           The South Carolina Spanish Teacher of the Year program is open to all teachers of Spanish in South Carolina K-12 public and private schools. Two finalists and a winner will be recognized during a ceremony Nov. 15 at The Citadel. The winner will receive a $400 Dillard's gift card and a $40 gift certificate from the Meritage restaurant. All three finalists will receive plaques and one night's complimentary lodging at the Francis Marion Hotel in historic downtown Charleston.

           Mark P. Del Mastro, a modern languages professor at The Citadel and director of the awards program, said even though the Hispanic population has exploded across the Palmetto State in the last decade, there is no formal statewide recognition for exceptional Spanish teachers who prepare children for this important social phenomenon.

           "After the huge success of last year's inaugural Lowcountry Spanish Teacher of the Year contest, I realized that a statewide recognition was also long overdue," Del Mastro said. "We have therefore launched our inaugural statewide contest for 2005. We know this will complement our Lowcountry awards program, which enters its second year in 2005."

           The deadline to submit nominations is May 2. Nomination forms and further details are available at http://www.scspanishteacheroftheyear.org, or contact Mark P. Del Mastro, modern languages professor, at 843-953-6809.

 

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