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Sioux Falls English Teacher Gina Benz Joins SD Milken Award Winners

Gina Benz (SD '15)   |   Roosevelt High School  |  Sioux Falls, SD  |  Oct 20, 2015

For English teacher Gina Benz, an unexpected announcement turns an ordinary Tuesday morning assembly at Roosevelt High School in Sioux Falls into a career-defining moment she'll never forget. Watch the surprise ceremony unfold as South Dakota Secretary of Education Dr. Melody Schopp names Benz the state's 2015-16 Milken Educator Award winner, with the help of Milken Educator Awards Senior Vice President Dr. Jane Foley; South Dakota State Senator Deb Soholt; Sioux Falls Public School District Superintendent Dr. Brian Maher; Roosevelt High School Principal Tim Hazlett; T.J Nelson, constituent services representative for U.S. Senator Mike Rounds; Taylor Hoekstra, constituent services representative for U.S. Senator John Thune; and veteran South Dakota Milken Educator Award recipients.

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  • Roosevelt High School band
  • Drummers at Roosevelt High School
  • Superintendent Brian Maher
  • Students watch Gina Benz Milken Award
  • Cameras awaiting announcement
  • Secretary of Education Melody Schopp
  • Roosevelt High School kids in bleachers
  • Gina Benz reaction
  • Gina Benz emotional accepting Milken Award
  • Jane Foley hugs Gina Benz
  • Gina Benz SD Milken Award with check
  • Gina Benz with veteran Milken Educators
  • Gina Benz talks with reporters
  • Gina Benz portrait
  • Jane Foley visits Gina Benz classroom

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