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PHS educators named Claes Nobel Educators of Distinction

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Steve Peterson and Tracey Budworth, educators at Prescott High School were recently selected as a Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction by The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS).

Peterson has been the Prescott High School Counselor for 20 years. Budworth is entering her sixth year with Prescott, teaching ELA for three years at the middle school and now at the high school. As role models to pupils, Peterson and Budworth were nominated by students for outstanding dedication and commitment to excellence in their profession.

Each year student members of NSHSS are invited to nominate the educator who has made the most significant contribution to their academic career for the Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction award. This honor recognizes exemplary educators whose passion and devotion inspire their students to grow and develop as scholars, leaders and citizens.

The National Society of High School Scholars seeks to advance the goals and aspirations of high-achieving students through unique learning experiences, scholarships, internships, international study and peer networks. From attending the annual Nobel Week festivities in Stockholm, to internships with major corporations and government agencies, pre-college summer study programs, and more than $2,000,000 in exclusive scholarships awarded annually, NSHSS is continually seeking new ways to provide lifetime learning and growth opportunities for academically talented and accomplished student leaders, and the educators who support them.

"Dedicated educators who exhibit a commitment to excellence deserve our highest praise and appreciation," said NSHSS President James W. Lewis. "Through our Educators of Distinction program and the grants we provide to support professional development and enrich classroom instruction, we hope to acknowledge and encourage the vital work of the teachers, counselors and administrators who are shaping the intellect and character of our young scholars."

The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) was formed in 2002 by James W. Lewis and Claes Nobel, senior member of the family that established the Nobel Prizes. The National Society of High School Scholars recognizes academic excellence at the high school level and NSHSS members become lifetime members. At each step along the way - from high school to college to career - NSHSS connects outstanding young scholars with the resources they need

to develop their strengths and pursue their passions. Currently, there are more than 1.5 million Society members in over 170 countries.

To learn more about NSHSS, visit