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Hamilton earns national Kagy award

Hamilton High School earned the 2005 Frederick D. Kagy Education Award of Excellence given by the Printing Industries of America/Graphic Arts Technical Foundation. The Kagy Award — presented to the nation’s outstanding middle school, high school or community college graphics arts program — recognizes exemplary qualities of strong instructional leadership, a high degree of professionalism, innovational technique and promotion of the graphic communications industries.

Hamilton graphic arts teacher Byron Olson was identified as providing leadership for the program’s success in preparing students for careers in commercial printing. In his 31 years at Hamilton, Olson taught more than 200 students who went on to work in the graphic arts industry.

Because of the high quality reputation of its graphic arts program, Hamilton High School was the site chosen for the historic signing of the 2 + 2 + 2 program between high schools, technical colleges and the University of Wisconsin-Stout. The program transitions students smoothly from high school into 2- and 4-year college programs or directly into the workplace.

Nominators identified that Hamilton’s program provides students with a solid foundation of printing basics while continually exposing them to the industry’s latest technology.

The Frederick D. Kagy Education Award of Excellence was established in 1992 and honors the distinguished career of a Illinois State University professor emeritus who was influential in the field of graphic communications and technology education.

Olson was presented with a 26-pound lithoprint stone that was inscribed with information about the award. The Hamilton School Board recognized Olson for the honor at its Dec. 7 meeting.