Academic Coach of the Year Finalists and Dick Ramey “Above & Beyond” Award Winners

 In Academic Coaches Conference, Academic Competitions, Academic Spell Bowl, Academic Super Bowl, Coach Education, Future Problem Solving, M.A.T.H. Bowl, Quiz Bowl, Science Bowl

On September 23, 2019, academic coaches from across the state of Indiana met at the Indiana Convention Center for the 2019 Academic Coach Conference. Throughout the day, coaches heard from question writers for the 2020 Academic Super Bowl contest, Leadership from Future Problem Solving Program International’s Office and experienced Quiz Bowl participants as we launched our 2019-20 academic year for the IASP Department of Student Programs.

During the lunchtime awards ceremony, we recognized the achievements of 9 Academic Coach of the Year Finalists and named 3 State Academic Coaches of the Year. We are excited to recognize the achievements of these outstanding coaches and hope that you will join us in congratulating them on their achievements!

Academic Coach of the Year Finalists:
( ** – State Coach of the Year)
Jan Koloszar – Northwestern Elem., Kokomo
Laura May – Cowan Elem., Muncie
** Jacy Schneider – College Wood Elem., Carmel

Karen Gossmann – Plainfield Comm. MS, Plainfield
** Terry Irwin – Tri Jr/Sr HS, Straughn
Tracy Moon – Western MS, Russiaville

Laura Bennett – Riverton Parke Jr/Sr HS, Montezuma
Jenifer Sherbak – Mt. Vernon HS, Fortville
** Chris Sturgeon – Martinsville HS, Martinsville

Also, during the awards ceremony, we recognized one outstanding individual as the recipient of the 2019 Dick Ramey “Above and Beyond” award winner. This year, the recipient of this award was Rick Reed. Rick’s involvement with academic competitions has been so impactful, that he is the only person to have been honored with this award twice!

Rick has been involved with academic competitions since around 1985. H. Dean Evans, then Indiana’s Superintendent of Public Instruction, asked members of a committee made up of teachers and administrators to create academic contests to take place alongside the various athletic contests that schools participate in. Rick worked to develop a plan that grew into the Academic Super Bowl contest that is still held today.

Rick still remains very active in IASP’s academic programs and is often referred to as “the voice” of academic competitions as the event emcee. He serves on the selection committee for the Indiana Academic All-Stars Program, has written senior-level English questions for the Academic Super Bowl the past several years and helps to facilitate the resources provided to coaches and area site emcees for the Spell Bowl competition through pronunciation guides and word lists.

For his work as a founder, question writer, and advocate of academic competitions, please help us congratulate the 2019 Dick Ramey Above and Beyond Award recipient, Rick Reed!

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