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VBA President-elect Recognizes Teacher of the Year

Monday, August 13, 2018   (0 Comments)
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From left: Teacher winner Catherine Ruffing, Rich Garriott of the VBA, and Anne Santorelli, president of the American Lawyers Alliance"Teachers are the most important aspect of preserving our civil liberties," Richard E. Garriott Jr., president-elect of The Virginia Bar Association, said at an awards breakfast honoring the 2018 American Lawyers Alliance Law-Related Education Teachers of the Year. Catherine Ruffing of Centreville High School in Clifton, Virginia, was one of three national award recipients.

Bar officers from New York and Indiana, where the other teacher winners live, also attended. Each emphasized the importance of civic education for the future of a democratic society. "Thomas Jefferson said, 'An educated citizenry is a vital requisite for our survival as a free people,'" Garriott noted.

The awards ceremony occurred Aug. 3 at the University Club of Chicago. The other teacher winners were Daniel Bachman of Massapequa High School in Massapequa, New York; and Christopher Cavanaugh of Plainfield High School in Plainfield, Indiana.

Each winner received a check for $1,500 along with a check for $500 for travel expenses. They were chosen from applicants from about the country who learned of the contest through the Center for Civic Education, the National Council for Social Studies or through the American Lawyers Alliance website.

The American Lawyers Alliance is a charitable and educational nonprofit organization. It seeks to foster understanding and respect for the American legal system.

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