HAGERSTOWN, MD (February 27, 2007) – Martin Nikirk, Advanced Computer Applications teacher at Washington County Technical High School, will be the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award presented by the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium. He was nominated and selected for creating a computer game development and animation program at Tech High that has drawn praise from Microsoft executives and received national recognition and will receive the honor at the Stars of Education Awards Ceremony at the Capital Hilton on Friday, March 23rd.
“Washington County is fortunate to have teachers of Mr. Nikirk’s caliber providing instruction in our schools,” said Dr. Elizabeth Morgan, Superintendent. “He is an exemplary teacher who deserves recognition for his exceptional efforts.”
“Mr. Nikirk is an outstanding educator at Tech High who is very dedicated and creative,” said Jeff Stouffer, WCTHS principal. “His game design program is becoming very popular; we have almost sixty students interested in Advanced Computer Applications for next year.”
Class size is limited so the competition for admission for enrollment is fierce, Stouffer said. Nikirk’s program is one of several high tech offerings at Tech High, including digital communications and computer networking and repair. The school also offers a total of fifteen career and technology education programs in diverse areas such as health occupations, carpentry, and electrical construction.