BLACKFOOT — When Hero Shiosaki, a former commander of Blackfoot's Veterans of Foreign Wars post, saw Holly Kartchner teach at Blackfoot High School, he knew she was someone special.
"She amazed me with the way she taught," Shiosaki said. He noted that when a student answered a question incorrectly, Kartchner repeated it, then gave the correct answer in a non-threatening way.
"The students learned something that day," Shiosaki said. "I saw that she's getting through to all those kids.
"She's a dedicated person who wants her kids to learn something," he added.
Shiosaki nominated Kartchner for the Veterans of Foreign Wards of the United States Citizenship Educators Award. Last Saturday in Preston at the state VFW convention, Kartchner received the state award. In doing so, she qualified for consideration for the national award.
"In recognition of excellence in promoting citizen education and the patriotic principles of the Veterans of Foreign Wars," reads the certificate she received in recognition of the award.
"I am honored and humbled that the veterans who sacrificed so much want to recognize educators," Kartchner said. "It really makes me reflect on what I'm doing.
"My job is as a facilitator," she continued. "I hope the kids recognize the sacrifices of these men and women and step up and take responsibility for our nation."
Kartchner teaches government at BHS. She also teaches a competitive class which focuses on the U.S. Constitution. Her teams have repeatedly won the state championship in "We the People" competition.
She has worked at Blackfoot High School much of the past decade.