“Service above self” is a motto – and now an award – that fits Rapoport Academy senior Matthew McWhorter to a tee. McWhorter recently was honored for his exceptional community volunteering efforts by the Rotary Club of Waco and by the Waco Tribune-Herald.
Accompanied by Dean Jared Gould, McWhorter recently attended a Rotary luncheon honoring his efforts, and received scholarship money along with the award.
Thanks to all SGC members and parents – and to sponsor David Corkill – for a fantastic night!
The upcoming district track meet is the sole focus of the Rapoport Academy track team – that, and the amazing accomplishments of team member Blaine Listach. After training for weeks now, they have high hopes of placing well at the meet.
“We’re proud of all the track students. Blaine has had an especially amazing year. He’s trained so hard and produced incredible results,” coach Gil Beckham said.
Last week Listach competed at the Austin relays, winning first place in the event with his 7′ 1″ jump. Listach who credits his coaches for his success, shared his feelings about his jump.
“I wasn’t nervous at all, but I didn’t think I was going to win or place,” Listach said
The team has been preparing using a number of different training methods.
“In athletics we do a lot of different stuff. We do jumping stuff, aerobics, we do strength training like lifting weights, things to work out our legs,” sophomore Kasia Cross, who participates in the 800-meter dash and high jump, said.
If the team is as successful at the district meet as they hope, they will move on to regionals shortly thereafter.
David Corkill, Meyer High teacher, is a major award winner for his creative lesson plans that keep students intrigued and guessing. Corkill was nominated by Superintendent Matthew Polk for the 2013 Award for Outstanding Early Career Teaching. Corkill received this award on Valentine’s Day 2014 in front of the entire Meyer High community during morning meeting.
“They must have made a mistake…Texas is very large…I was very honored,” Corkill said of the win, which comes with a significant cash prize.
Polk was impressed with Corkill’s teaching and felt he deserved the honor.
“I nominated Mr. Corkill for the award because I appreciate his passion for what he teaches. It’s obvious that he really enjoys history, and I think that makes it more likely that students will enjoy it, too. I appreciate his creativity when it comes to his lessons,” Polk said.
Not only does the superintendent appreciate Corkill’s hard work and charisma, but students believe he deserved the award as well.
“Mr. Corkill is a great teacher, and always has unique and interesting ways to teach his lessons,” junior Alexis Diaz said.
Sophomore Ashley Burris said Corkill’s effort and caring are always evident.
“I believe Corkill deserved this award in so many ways, he works so hard to be a wonderful teacher and there would be no way he wouldn’t have won this award,” Burris said.