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Lueders named KTOY Semi-Finalist

Aly Hernandez, Staff Reporter

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When it comes to great teachers, DCHS doesn’t fall short.

This year Mckenzie Lueders, chemistry teacher, was nominated as the USD 443 Kansas Teacher of the Year for Secondary Education.

On Sept. 9, she became a semi-finalist and was awarded for her excellence in teaching. Each teacher received a red marble apple with a wooden base, compliments of the Master Teacher in Manhattan.

This year, 111 educators were nominated for this distinction.

“I was up against some of the best teachers in Kansas, so to receive the honor of being a
semi-finalist was surreal,” said Lueders.

During the process of her becoming a semi-finalist she had to meet some requirements, such as filling out a long tedious application and submit it to the state in April. She was inspired by some phenomenal teachers during her childhood, that helped her chase her dream of becoming a teacher. As a teacher she said she hopes to inspire her students, as she was inspired by her teachers.

“I don’t have to do any further work; I just get to enjoy the year traveling around to the
schools of other state semi-finalists and checking out the cool things they do in their classrooms
and schools,” said Lueders.

Lueders graduated from DCHS in 2004.

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