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As featured on 1390 WBLL, the Bellefontaine Rotary Club 21st annual Excellence in Teaching Awards program was held at the Friendly Senior Center Monday afternoon.

This year’s recipients (pictured, left to right) are Cathy Ulmer, Bruce Smith, and Tom Carrig.

Ulmer is a first-grade teacher at Southeastern Elementary. She was nominated by parent and student April and Julia Easton.

Smith teaches fourth grade at Benjamin Logan. He was nominated by parent Jennifer Davis and students Jacob McKenrick and Jillian and Josephine Davis.

Carrig teaches printing and graphics at Ohio Hi-Point Career Center. He was nominated by students Ashton Waggamon and Cortney Hill.

All three teachers were recognized for their passion and finding unique ways to reach their students.

Ulmer thanked the children for making her job fun and rewarding.

She said all of the first-grade teachers at Southeastern meet every week to share ideas on how to reach students.

First-grade students Austin Hammond, Avery Hankins, and Julia Easton (pictured left to right with principal Pat Martz) read a poem sharing their fondness of Ulmer.

Ulmer has been with Bellefontaine City Schools for 12 years.

Listen to her comments.

Smith is known for making science "come alive" through project-based learning. He rarely uses a book, allowing students to enjoy hands-on learning.

Smith, who oversees the elementary science fair each year, praised the administration for their support. He said the other elements that make his job easy are supportive parents, outstanding staff members, and students eager to learn.

Smith has 29 years in education, including 26 at Benjamin Logan.

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Watch part of Smith's speech.

Hear Smith react to winning the award.

Carrig gave credit to Ohio Hi-Point for "always looking forward."

He praised his students for wanting to learn and grow each day.

After working in the printing industry for several years, Carrig transitioned into the classroom after working as a substitute teacher at Hi-Point. He was hired for the following school year and has led the printing and graphics program for 19 years.

Carrig said the mural downtown at the corner of Main and Chillicothe is an example of how printing and graphics is much more than pen and ink.

Listen to his comments.

Each recipient received a pen and globe set along with a $100 Chamber Choice certificate.

Shawn McElroy from the Shelby County Educational Service Center, Mike Barhorst from Lehman Schools, and Kyle Wolfe of Teays Valley Schools judged this year's contest.

Bellefontaine City Schools Superintendent Beth Harman served as the program’s chairperson for the third straight year.

Lou Vito emceed the event.

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