EWMS Teacher Receives National Award; Northview, Tate Students Honored

February 2, 2011

An Ernest Ward Middle School teacher was the recipient of a national volunteer and community service award Tuesday night, while students from Northview and Tate high schools received awards for their essays.

Katie Ward, drama program instructor at Ernest Ward, received the highest honor bestowed by the Pensacola chapter of the Freedoms Foundation during the ceremony at Seville Quarter. Ward (pictured left) was the first place, meritorious  recipient of the “George Washington Honor Medal” in the teacher or administrator category.

Ward was honored for the community outreach of her drama program during the most recent Veterans’ Day program at Ernest Ward. She led the students in creating several video interviews with local veterans, with the oral histories preserved in the school’s library for future generations.

“George Washington Honor Medal” youth essay winners were also named Tuesday night for their essays on “What Is Your American Dream”. Winners included Anna Beth Barlow from Tate High School, and Dixie Carnley and Katelyn Garrison of Northview High School.

The Escambia County School District was also honored by the foundation for raising $114,000 for an Emerald Coast Honor Flight donation.

Founded in 1949, the Freedoms Foundation is a national, non-profit, non-partisan, non-sectarian educational organization. The Freedoms Foundation provides a wide range of educational and awards programs for students, teachers and citizens to gain a greater awareness and appreciation of the principles and responsibilities of a free and democratic society.

Pictured above: Northview High School George Washington Honor Medal winners Katelyn Garrison and Dixie Carnley. Pictured inset: Ernest Ward Middle School drama instructor Katie Ward speaks during a Veterans Day program at the school. Pictured below: EWMS Drama students reenact the raising of the American flag on Iwo Jima during the EWMS Veterans Day program. NorthEscambia.com photos, click to enlarge.


17 Responses to “EWMS Teacher Receives National Award; Northview, Tate Students Honored”

  1. Dr. Kevin R.Linam on February 7th, 2011 12:25 pm

    Best school in the county!! Go Eagles!!

  2. Mrs. Ellis on February 4th, 2011 10:17 pm

    Deserving recipients of all the awards. Congratulations.

  3. Keith Garrison on February 3rd, 2011 9:23 pm

    What an honor it was to be at the Heritage Hall in Seville Square and see Katelyn , Dixie and Mrs. Ward receive their Awards! The North end of the County was well represented at the banquet!

  4. Gayle Hanks on February 3rd, 2011 6:21 am

    Thank you for giving of your time and effort to produce such memorable Veterans Day programs. We also appreciate Ms. Dickey for beginning the tradition of the Veterans Day program, and you and your drama class have continued this tradition of honoring our veterans as they deserve. The community, students, faculty, and staff at EWMS are very fortunate to have you working with our young people. You are an excellent role model for them!

    Mike and Gayle Hanks

  5. linda on February 2nd, 2011 8:32 pm

    What a wonderful honor to have such a delightful teacher and special community leader at Ernest Ward. Our students are blessed to call you their “drama mama”

  6. Abbie j. on February 2nd, 2011 8:10 pm

    congrats miss ward!!!!!!! u r a great drama teacher!!!!!!!

  7. Courtney on February 2nd, 2011 7:47 pm

    Congratulations Ms.Ward!!

  8. Carrie Bryan on February 2nd, 2011 7:30 pm

    Congratulations Ms. Ward. Thank you for all you do!!

  9. Beegee on February 2nd, 2011 2:52 pm

    Go,Katie,go!!!!!!!!! Also teacher of the year at EW!!!!!!!!!


  10. Willene Bryan on February 2nd, 2011 1:32 pm

    Congratulations Miss Katie Ward

  11. interested reader on February 2nd, 2011 12:28 pm

    CONGRATS to all three.

  12. kristyd on February 2nd, 2011 12:18 pm

    Congratulations Anna!

  13. WORRIED RESIDENT on February 2nd, 2011 11:06 am


  14. Joy Walker on February 2nd, 2011 8:33 am

    Katie you are an amazing teacher!!! You are so deserving of this honor. Lauryn misses you and the Drama team.

  15. Mrs. Castor on February 2nd, 2011 8:28 am

    Congratulations, Katelyn and Dixie — proud of you both! :)

  16. xpeecee on February 2nd, 2011 6:01 am

    Congratulations, all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  17. Mrs. Spence on February 2nd, 2011 4:52 am

    Katie we are so proud of you and the drama team. Good Job.

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