Westfield Elementary School Teacher Receives Silver Citizenship Award

Top Quote Wayne Shipe, Music Teacher at Shamrock Springs Elementary School, is honored for his service to Westfield and the Nation. End Quote
  • Indianapolis, IN (1888PressRelease) December 03, 2010 - Mr. Wayne Shipe, Music Teacher at Westfield's Shamrock Springs Elementary School, was surprised when he was honored with the Silver Citizenship award from the Clarence A. Cook Chapter of the National Society, Sons of the American Revolution. The award is presented to persons of prominence in the areas of government (including military service), religion, education, business and the professions, and other appropriate fields of endeavor.

    Besides teaching, Mr. Shipe has served in the military as the Assistant Band Director of the United States Military Academy at West Point when the Queen of England visited the United States for the Bicentennial, Commander of the Army/Navy Music School and the Chief of Army Bands. He has also received the Bronze Star and Meritous Service awards.

    The award presentation took place during the school's annual Veteran's Appreciation Concert which is a very moving experience for the children, parents and visitors. The programs starts with a Colonial Color Guard provided by the Sons of the American Revolution in their uniforms, and it is followed by a concert of music representing America's military history and service branches. The highlight of the program is the movie. Students bring in pictures of their family members who have served their country in the military; which are then set to music and shared with everyone in attendance.

    "Mr. Shipe is a dedicated teacher," said Wayne Eells, Clarence A Cook's Secretary "who teaches children to love music. During the week before school starts, he has grown the chime choir so much that there are now two sessions. His regular classes are not just about music. They learn what the music is about, what it means, and how it connects to people. "

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    "Mr. Shipe is an outstanding teacher and holds high expectations for his students. He coordinates his lessons with those of classroom teachers in an exceptional manner. He has also transferred his leadership skills from the military to education and has consistently held a leadership position in the local and state levels." - Mark Keen, Ed.D., Westfield Washington Schools Superintendent

    "Mr. Shipe has dedicated his life to serving others in the military and now in the classroom. He loves to teach and the students love him. Shamrock Springs is blessed to have such wonderful educators like him." - Corey Hartley, Shamrock Springs Elementary Principal

    Detailed information provided in the award citation can be obtained by contacting Wayne Eells at wjeells ( @ ) aol dot com or 317 dot 727 dot 8651

    The Clarence A. Cook Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution is a historical, educational, and patriotic "lineage" organization serving Central Indiana. The Chapter supports several youth programs, including an annual orations scholarship program; welcomes new citizens during naturalization ceremonies at the United States District Court in Indianapolis; and works with Daughters of the American Revolution chapters in our area to promote membership and the ideals of both Societies. Several members are very active in the Indiana Society Color Guard. More information can be found at http://cook.inssar.org/

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