GENEVA — Six Geneva High School teachers were recently honored for their work in science and technology initiatives with students.

The teachers — Eileen Dragon, Nicole Turk, Anne Markijohn, Brian Belconis, John Barbo and Wendy Booth — received the Governor’s Thomas Edison Awards for Excellence in STEM Education and Student Research through the nonprofit Ohio Academy of Science.

Geneva High School was one of 54 Ohio schools in which teachers were honored with the award, according to a news release. The six teachers were among 556 teachers across the state to receive the award.

Each school will receive a Governor’s Award certificate and each teacher will receive a membership to the Ohio Academy of Science.

In order to receive the award schools and teachers must meet certain criteria pertaining to STEM programs. The awards were first established in 1985 as a way to recognize schools and teachers who stimulate scientific student research and technological design and extend opportunities beyond clasroom activities, the news release states.

Ohio Academy of Science executive director Michael Woytek said that those who receive the award know that teaching STEM from only a textbook is not an option.

“Each of the awardees provides opportunities and experiences for hands-on learning and they clearly value inquiry-based, scientific research,” he said. “Many of their students excel at District Science and State Science Day.”

Geneva High School principal Douglas Wetherholt could not be reached for comment.

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