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Bill Smithyman Wins Kansas 2015-16 Milken Educator Award

Blue Valley Northwest High School  |  Overland Park, KS  |  Oct 26, 2015

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Bill Smithyman check shot

English teacher Bill Smithyman (KS '15, far left) holds up his giant $25,000 Milken Educator Award check with help from (from left) Kansas Commissioner of Education Dr. Randy Watson; Deputy Commissioner of Education Dale Dennis; Blue Valley School District Interim Superintendent Dr. Al Hanna; Norman Conard (KS '92), executive director of the Lowell Milken Center in Fort Scott; Blue Valley Northwest High School Principal Amy M. Murphy, Ed.D. (KS '01); and Lowell Milken, Milken Family Foundation Chairman and Co-Founder. What will Smithyman do with his award money? "I really need some new kitchen countertops," he says.

In this series:  William Smithyman (KS '15) In this photo:  Norman Conard (KS '92)Lowell Milken Amy M. Murphy, Ed.D. (KS '01)William Smithyman (KS '15)

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