POCATELLO — Blackfoot High School government teacher Holly Kartchner was surprised when her name was left off the program of the Idaho State Journal's Business and Achievement Awards on Thursday.
She was more surprised a few minutes later when she was named as the 2011 recipient of the Education/K-12 award.
"I believe we need to fight the arrogance of ignorance," she said in accepting the award. "It's my responsibility to destroy that arrogance of ignorance and let (her students) become the community members she wants to be."
For the past 10 years Kartchner has taught U.S. government and law at BHS. She takes her students to Boise each year to meet with their elected officials and see the legislative process.
Her leadership includes three consecutive years of winning three straight state championships in the "We the People" competition.
Members of the Blackfoot delegation pointed out the unintended slight after ISJ publisher Bill Kunerth had finished reading the list of nominees.
Kunerth apologized, recognized her, then went on with the program.
Later, after the awards presentations began, he had the opportunity to make amends.
"So see, Holly, we didn't forget you after all," he said after the awards presentation.
Kevin Rupe, Scott Reese and Craig Rowland were also nominated for awards.
Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance of Idaho sponsored the awards breakfast. Award recipients were chosen by a committee made up of representatives of the Greater Blackfoot and Greater Pocatello Chambers of Commerce, Farm Bureau and the ISJ.