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Blackfoot High School teacher Holly Kartchner was named "Educator of the Year" at the Idaho American Legion State Convention in Boise recently.
Kartchner, who has taught government at the school over 10 years, was nominated by Blackfoot's American Legion Stewart Hoover Post #23.
Gene Womack, the finance officer for Post #23, who was instrumental in nominating Kartchner said, "She [Kartchner] is one of the most enthusiastic teachers I have ever seen."
He went on to praise Kartchner for her success in leading the high school's "We The People" government team to state championship six years in a row and for her support in the American Legion Auxiliary Boys and Girls State programs.
Kartchner, who said she was pleased to receive the award and hopes that her award as a Blackfoot teacher will, in turn, benefit the local American Legion post.
"The folks at the American Legion are some of the nicest people you will ever meet," she said. "The American Legion donates hours of time and a great deal of money to the community that people rarely hear about. They are a wonderful component to the community."
Kartchner said that Blackfoot's American Legion sponsors the "We The People" pancake breakfast fundraiser each year giving her students a chance to interact with the veterans.
"I love that my students can work with the veterans, get to know them and listen to their stories. I am so appreciative of them taking the time to work with the youth of our community," she added.
The American Legion is the largest wartime veterans service organization in the country committed to mentoring youth, advocating patriotism and continued devotion to fellow veterans and active military personnel. There are 104 legion posts in Idaho.