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First Generation Immigrant Receives Superintendent’s Award of Distinction

This year, the Superintendent’s Award of Distinction, an award that recognizes exemplary student achievement in the senior class, was given to Hillcrest graduate Panuwater “August” Chuprajak, a first-generation immigrant from Thailand.

In an inspirational commencement address, Chuprajak recounted the many challenges that he, his sister, and mother faced upon deciding to flee a life of comfort in Thailand for a very uncertain future in the United States. He also spoke of the debt of gratitude he felt toward his adopted country and of his plan to give back by serving in the Army National Guard.

Canyons Superintendent Dave Doty, who heard Chuprajak’s tale for the first time when Chuprajak spoke at Hillcrest’s graduation rites, says Chuprajak’s story “demonstrates why public schools are critical to our nation. Public schools form the bedrock of our country because they bring all kinds of people – Christian and Muslim, native-born and immigrant, rich and poor – together to give them opportunity and help them succeed. I am proud of August, and wish him all the best in his future endeavors.”

Click here to see Chuprajak profiled in the Deseret News.
Click here to read more in the Midvale Journal.


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Lucie Chamberlain

Alta View Elementary

If a movie about super teachers were ever made, Lucie Chamberlain would be a prime candidate for a leading role. Fortunately for her kindergarten students at Alta View Elementary, she already thrives in a supporting role for them. Parents thank her for being a “super teacher.” She is also described as an “amazing colleague.” Whether students need help in the classroom or from home while sick, Lucie goes above and beyond to help them learn, overcome fears, and feel important and cared for. Lucie is the reason a number of kids went from hating school to loving it, according to parents. The way she exudes patience, sweetness, positive energy, and love for her students with special needs melts is appreciated and admired. One parent noted: “Both my kids wish she could be their teacher forever.” Another added:  “She treats every student like their learning and their feelings are her priority.” Super teacher, indeed!

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