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'...Over the years, Travis has put an incredible amount of time and energy into our annual Veterans' Day Program...' -Tori Hazelton

Jason Carroll, adjutant, and Ron Jagodnik, commander, of Veterans of Foreign Wars Molalla Post 3973, presented Colton High School social studies teacher, Travis Remmick, with the VFW High School Teacher of the Year Award. The award was kept a surprise from Remmick and last Thursday, in front of the Colton High School student body, Remmick was awarded both the Apple Trophy and a certificate from the local VFW.

PIONEER PHOTO: CINDY FAMA - From left to right, Jason Carroll, adjutant, and Ron Jagodnik, commander, of Veterans of Foreign Wars Molalla Post 3973, present Colton High School social studies teacher, Travis Remmick, with the VFW High School Teacher of the Year Award.

"I nominated Travis Remmick for VFW Post Teacher Award, Colton High School Principal, Tori Hazelton said in an email, "because over the years, Travis has put an incredible amount of time and energy into our annual Veterans' Day Program and everything leading up to it. His students get the opportunity to learn so much through the process and through the content he covers."

Hazelton said that educating students about the impact that United States veterans have made throughout history is an imperative part of a student's journey towards becoming informed, compassionate and contributing citizens. She said that is what Remmick does and does very well.

"We're very excited that he was honored with this award," Hazelton said.

Remmick discussed his reaction to the award in an email.

"I was extremely surprised to get the award, I definitely did not predict that that was why we were having an assembly. It was extremely humbling to be recognized by the VFW as Teacher of the Year. Good citizenship and awareness is something I try to promote in all my social studies classes but it's my students' willingness and eagerness to engage in the topic which allows that to be successful. I feel like CHS has a long tradition of trying to connect students as a community in the school itself and with the wider community beyond it, so it is a huge honor to be recognized as continuing that. I can also say that students themselves were extremely excited to see one of their teachers recognized by an outside organization. I constantly heard about it throughout the day and students seemed to take a sense of pride in the fact that people outside of the school were taking notice of what we are doing. I think that many of the students justifiably felt that they had also been recognized in a way and that it was not only an award to me but an acknowledged of the efforts of all the students and staff in Colton."

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