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‘He is the biggest advocate for kids’: Utah teachers surprised with excellence awards

First Published      Last Updated Apr 20 2017 07:31 am

Two Nebo School District educators are first of 11 to receive Huntsman Awards for Excellence in Education this year.

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Springville High School Principal Everett Kelepolo praised Giffing for her range as an educator. He described her as a faculty member who is involved in, and excels at, all areas of education.

"I can't say enough good things about her," Kelepolo said. "She just does a wonderful, wonderful job."

The Huntsman Award winners will include two teachers and an administrator at the elementary, middle school and high school levels, as well as a special education teacher and a school volunteer.

The $10,000 award money comes with the caveat that winners spend it on themselves and not at the school or classroom, a point that Karen Huntsman emphasizes each year.

In early years of the award, she said, one winner gave the check to the school to pay for a new stage. But when Jon Huntsman Sr. found out, Karen Huntsman said, he reimbursed the cost of the stage to ensure the winner would receive the award money.

"My husband just wants it to go to them," Karen Huntsman said.


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Editor's note: The owner and publisher of The Salt Lake Tribune is Paul Huntsman, son of Jon Huntsman Sr.