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Lower Richland’s Dale Jacobs Named S.C. DoD Junior Science and Humanities Symposium Teacher of the Year

Dale JacobsDale Jacobs, Lower Richland High School’s science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) coordinator, was named South Carolina Department of Defense Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (SC JSHS) Teacher of the Year.

“I am so excited about receiving this award, and I am looking forward to working with more of the science students at LRHS on STEM and research,” Jacobs said.

She was selected from a pool of 30 teachers throughout the state for educational excellence in the sciences, engineering and mathematics. This award is provided through the sponsorship of the U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force and administered by the National Science Teachers Association. As the winner, Jacobs received a monetary gift of $1,000, a plaque and recognition at the annual meeting of the South Carolina Academy of Sciences.

“A teacher is the heart and soul of these events,” said Dr. Don M. Jordan, SC JSHS director. “Without the willingness of the teachers to devote their time, energies and expertise to students, there would be no symposium. We congratulate Dale and your school for what you accomplish for science and math education in South Carolina.”

The award is intended to honor examples of outstanding teaching at secondary schools in South Carolina who excel at leading students through the process of scientific inquiry in the classroom and by participation in science fair or research grant activities. Jacobs was nominated by Joy Starks, secondary science consultant for high schools in Richland One.

“She is always willing to lend a hand and to share opportunities to help the students of Lower Richland foster a passion for science education using real-world applications,” said Starks. “Her skills, knowledge, and willingness to support her students, coworkers and other partners make her an exceptional choice for this award.”

Each year, high school students are invited to the SC JSHS to report on the results of their original research investigations in STEM and compete for scholarships and recognition at university-held regional symposia.  All students in grades 9-12 enrolled in public, private or home schools are eligible to participate in their local regional symposium.