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Marion Teachers Association awards scholarships to Betz, Blair

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The Marion Teachers Association recently announced the recipients of the MTA Educator Scholarship for 2017: Adam Betz and Payton Blair, both members of the Marion High School Class of 2017 who plan to pursue post-secondary degrees in the field of education.

The MTA Educator Scholarship was established by the MTA to recognize future educators graduating from Marion High School. The MTA Educator Scholarship is based upon academic achievement and leadership as expressed through co-curricular activities and community involvement. A $500 scholarship is awarded to two future educators who attended Marion High School during the most recent academic school year. Recipients of the award must be pursuing a degree in the field of education.

Adam Betz is inspired by his family, especially his grandfather, who he said has always inspired him to do everything to the best of his ability. Adam has been a member of DECA, BETA, Key Club, and National Honor Society for the past two years. He hopes to impact the lives of many students in a positive manner while improving their chances of making it to college and having a better quality of life. 

“One of my favorite feelings is when the metaphorical light bulb comes on for someone I have helped to learn something,” Adam said. “I really hope to incite that feeling many more times in my life.”

Adam will be attending Georgetown College in Kentucky, where he will pursue a degree to teach history. He hopes to teach and coach basketball, and be able to make an impact on young people's character. 

Payton Blair wants to be able to shape the future generation and know that she will be teaching potential doctors, scientists, or even a future president. She is president of the MHS chapter of Jobs for America's Graduates, and is a member of Student Senate, National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta National Mathematics Honor Society, Youth Empowered to Serve, and Campus Life.

“I hope that once I graduate college I can return to Marion Community Schools and help give back to a school that gave me so much. I would not be where I am today without the help of all my great teachers as well as my family,” Payton said.

She plans to attend Indiana Wesleyan University and study elementary education and special education.

MTA congratulates these two future educators and knows they will make a difference in their students’ lives.