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Johnson honored by state speech association

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Superintendent Dr. Todd Wendt, of LeMars Community Schools, serving as vice president of the IHSSA (left) presented Roger Johnson the award.
The Iowa High School Speech Association presented recently retired Spencer High School Activities Director Roger Johnson with the IHSSA Fine Arts Administrator of the Year at the Gateway Hotel and Conference Center in Ames on Oct. 19.

This is the highest honor the Iowa High School Speech Association may confer on an administrator. The contribution and service given by the inductee stem from dedication and commitment to the IHSSA and other arts activities in their school beyond normally expected and superlative identification.

"Roger is a vital part of every event in our school. He single-handedly takes on so many responsibilities of organizing and making sure all events in Spencer are top quality. It is because of his dedication to all the fine art students in Spencer that Spencer has statewide events that our entire community can be proud of," SHS theater director Larry Untiet wrote in his nomination letter for Johnson.

The award was conceived in 2005 by the Executive Committee of the IHSSA. It is presented to a distinguished individual of statewide reputation and outstanding accomplishments.

Johnson has been involved with school activities for more than 20 years. While serving as the activities director at Spencer Community Schools, he oversaw all the activity programs. Johnson was recognized as a passionate believer in the arts and activities at Spencer High School and a true supporter of all programs in his school. He shared the belief that speech, music, drama and athletics teach students valuable lessons they can learn no other way. Johnson is credited with making it his mission to ensure students at Spencer High School have access to quality, thriving activity programs for years to come.

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