It is always AWESOME to share exciting news about what is happening at Interstate 35 Schools – the latest is notification that high school English teacher Brianna Schwenk has received the Richard Riggleman Young Speech Coach Award from the Iowa High School Speech Association (IHSSA)! As you can see from the press release copied and pasted below, IHSSA has had a profound impact on Brianna – and now Brianna is “paying it forward” by giving back to IHSSA – but more importantly to all the students she works with here at I-35.
Sometimes there seems to be a media focus on the negative – it is refreshing to see a young teacher doing some incredible things for her students get recognized for her efforts. We are very proud of Brianna and grateful she has chosen to share her passion and talents at Interstate 35.
Go Road Runners!!!
PRESS RELEASE FOR THE IHSSA
SELECTED AS WINNER OF
IHSSA YOUNG SPEECH COACH AWARD
October 10, 2014 For immediate release
The Richard Riggleman Young Speech Coach Award was presented on October 4, 2014 at the Iowa High School Speech Association Coaches Convention. This year’s recipient was Brianna Schwenk, IHSSA Speech Coach at Interstate 35 High School .
The Richard Riggleman Young Speech Coach Award has been established by Richard Riggleman of Deloit, Iowa to reward a second year IHSSA speech coach. This award shall consist of $1,000 per year, renewable for two consecutive years, for a total of $3,000. The Riggleman Award is the first of its kind that has been established with the IHSSA. The profile of the recipient will reflect: a commitment to coaching speech, large group events, individual events, and/or debate; demonstrate excellence in coaching speech; and have past experience in high school or college speech activities. Mr. Riggleman was an active IHSSA coach for over 30 years and still remains very active with the IHSSA. Richard Riggleman was inducted into the IHSSA Hall of Fame in 1994.
This year’s recipient, Brianna Schwenk, is in her second year of teaching at Interstate 35 High School in Truro. She was involved in IHSSA activities as a student and continued her work in IHSSA activities with high school students during her college years. In her first year of teaching and coaching at Interstate 35 High School her students were involved in IHSSA Large Group and Individual Events tournament. That very first year she had several groups and students make the state contest as well as one group receiving All-State nomination.
As Brianna stated in her application, “Early on, IHSSA helped me to find and practice the skills that make me…me. Later, IHSSA assisted me in finding my true calling, and now IHSSA has brought me to a place of joy and fulfillment. Because of the IHSSA, I found my voice, my talent, and my true calling. Thank you, IHSSA for acting as an agent of positive change throughout my life’s journey.”
Her Principal Steven Kaster at Interstate 35 High School said of Brianna, “Ms. Schwenk is one of the best up and coming teachers, coaches, and people I have ever had the pleasure of working with. I have been told by my mentors that a person can tell when a teacher has ‘it’ . ‘It’ being the ability to do amazing things with students inside and outside the classroom and I am most certain that Ms. Schwenk has been blessed with ‘It’.”
It is with pleasure that the IHSSA congratulates Brianna Schwenk as the 20th recipient of the Richard Riggleman Young Speech Coach Award.
For more information please call the IHSSA at 515-288-9741, ask for Craig Ihnen.