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Horn-Walter Awards

The annual Horn-Walter Outstanding Achievement Awards luncheon sponsored by the Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities is an opportunity to honor an outstanding educator and student from each of the 16 State Support Team Regions in Ohio. Honorees receive their awards during the luncheon at the Villa Milano Banquet and Conference Center in Columbus, Ohio. 

The R. A. Horn award is presented to one exemplary special education student from each of Ohio’s 16 State Support Team regions. Established by the Ohio Department of Education in honor of the late Dr. Raymond A. Horn, Assistant Superintendent of Public Instruction, this award recognizes students’ outstanding achievements. Acknowledged as a national leader in the field of special education, Dr. Horn devoted more than 60 years of service to improving the quality of life and learning for students with disabilities. 

The Franklin B. Walter award is given to an outstanding educator or team from each of the 16 State Support Teams in Ohio. Awarded to recipients who have made extraordinary contributions to the education of students with disabilities, this award is given in honor of the late Franklin B Walter, Superintendent of Public Instruction from 1977 until 1991, a post held longer than any other state superintendent in Ohio’s history. With over 50 years of service as a teacher and administrator, Dr. Walter’s leadership is evident in many of Ohio’s quality educational initiatives and programs, including the development of the nation’s first statewide plan for children with disabilities.

2020 Nominations will be available in early 2020!


2019 Region 10 Horn-Walter Award Winners


The 2019 Franklin B Walter Outstanding Educator Award Recipient from the SST Region 10 area is:

Lori Smith

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Lori has taken Greene County Career Center's "Career X" to the next level with morning and afternoon labs this year. The lab is designed for students with disabilities to improve independent life skills, work skills and overall self-confidence. She works with community agencies such as OOD and DD, and community businesses to provide volunteer opportunities. In the classroom, students work on individual task “modules” in the areas of computer technology, construction technology, processing/production, consumer/services and business/marketing. These modules build skills and Lori tracks student progress and provides data to families and potential employers. She also created additional modules related to independent living skills and areas of student interest.

The 2019 R.A. Horn Outstanding Achievement Award Recipient from the SST Region 10 area is:

Elizabeth Sorrell

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Elizabeth earned certifications in National Food Handler’s Serve Safe, Fire Safety, First Aid and CPR and completed the Hospitality Services Program gaining work experience volunteering at Sinclair Community College, Dayton Children’s Hospital, Cypress Pointe Health Campus and Crowne Plaza Dayton. She earned perfect attendance for her entire 4 years of high school, made the honor roll for every quarter at MVCTC and was inducted into the National Technical Honor Society. She competed at State Level FCCLA competitions two years by preparing and presenting projects in the Power of One and Event Planning.

Elizabeth serves on Mission Trips and has been sworn in as a Carlisle Lion’s Club member. She is employed at McDonalds. Elizabeth plans to pursue a Hospitality and Tourism Associate’s Degree from Sinclair Community College to ultimately work on a Disney Cruise Ship.