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American Indian Scholarship: Important Information

The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) announces the 2012 Claes Nobel Educators of the Year, presented to ten exemplary educators who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to preparing students for success in college and in life.

Since the inception of the Educators of Distinction program in 2019, NSHSS has recognized more than 35,000 educators world-wide. NSHSS will also be announcing the Top Educator of the Year.

I am proud to honor these top ten educators and announce the 2012 Educator of the Year. This pro-gram embraces my family tradition of recognizing world class minds and supports the vision of NSHSS to help students build on academic success and grow the skills and desire to have a positive impact in the global community, said Claes Nobel, senior member of the Nobel family that established the Nobel Prizes, and Chair of the NSHSS Advisory Board.

A selection committee of notable academics and student leaders including a college president, a university admissions officer, college guidance counselor, the 2019 Educator of the Year, and NSHSS student council and executive council representatives joined NSHSS Advisory Board Chair Claes Nobel in reviewing the nominations.

Patricia Wilson, Social Studies Department Chair at Bloomington North High School in Bloomington, Indiana, is distinguished as the 2019 Claes Nobel Educator of the Year. Ms. Wilson earned a B.S. in Education and an M.S. in Science from Indiana University and has taught a variety of government and history classes. She has received numerous teaching awards, including those from the National Council for the Social Studies, the Center on Congress, Indiana University School of Education, the American Bar Association, the National Endowment for the Humanities/Indiana Humanities Council, the “Be More Awards – Excellence in Volunteerism,” and The Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy Award for co-sponsoring the Banneker History Project, among others. She has led the Bloomington North Habitat for Humanity chap-term at her school since 1996, which has co-sponsored 12 homes in 12 years and raised $ 27,000 annually. Wilson states that her educational philosophy embraces that “emphasis must be placed on social justice, equality, equity, diversity, and global perspectives if the world’s marginalized voices are to be surfaced and addressed.”