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Former student nominates Akin for MSOE award

Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) will present Hamilton High School math teacher Steven Akin with its Award for High School Teaching Excellence.

 Hamilton 2007 graduate Joshua J. Kapelke nominated Akin because his Advanced Placement calculus class inspired Kapelke to purse a degree in computer engineering.

 “Mr. Akin went above all expectations in order to be there for his students,” Kapelke wrote in his nomination. “Mr. Akin changed my way of thinking and my view of education and life in general.”

 “At a time of much concern over the educational skills and competencies of our nation’s young people, MSOE wishes to recognize high school teachers who have had a significant influence on their students’ future educational achievement and career goals,” noted MSOE Dean of Students and Vice President Patrick J. Coffey.

 Akin was invited to attend the MSOE’s spring commencement exercises May 26 at the Kern Center in Milwaukee. He will be recognized and presented with a plaque from the school.