(Transcript of presentation speech by Robert Brooke, NeWP Director)
We recognize Mark Kalvoda, Principal at Elkhorn South High School, for his support of the inaugural Nebraska Writing Project Young Writers Festival. Mr. Kalvoda generously provided space and custodial support for this Saturday festival, an indication of his commitment to writing education in the Elkhorn area.
Principal Kalvoda was nominated by Nebraska Writing Project Advisory Board Member Amy Tasich. Amy was one of the teachers who organized the Young Writers Festival at Elkhorn. The Young Writers Festival is a Saturday event for writers at middle and secondary levels, offered at two locations in Nebraska (one east and one west). Nebraska Writing Project hopes to grow these festivals to support more young writers in the years to come. Key to this vision is the support of administrators like Mark Kalvoda who are able to clear the way for these opportunities with generous donations of space.
Please join me in honoring Mark Kalvoda with the 2012 Nebraska Writing Project Certificate of Recognition.