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Record Number: 4018
Displayed from: Apr 17, 2008 , until: May 30, 2008
North Side High School music teacher Ed King will be recognized at a concert Saturday, April 19, as the 2008 Fort Wayne Philharmonic's Music Educator of the Year. The award is sponsored by Sweetwater Sound. Mr. King has been a teacher and marching band director at North Side for 34 years and has helped students from all walks of life learn to appreciate music. "Mr. King has enriched the lives of countless students with his love for music and teaching," North Side Principal Charles DeFord said. "He is a terrific asset to North Side High School." The Philharmonic accepted nominations for the award, which is given to a music educator currently employed in a K-12 school in the Philharmonic's 12-county service area. Mr. King was chosen for the award because of his success and dedication as a music teacher. North Side's marching band consistently places in the top 10 at the ISSMA State Marching Band Finals and was invited to perform at the Hall of Fame Bowl (now the Outback Bowl) three times. For winning the award, Mr. King received a $500 cash prize, $500 for the school's music department, 30 tickets for Saturday's concert, dinner for two with a member of the Philharmonic Board of Directors, a banner for the school, a plaque, a Philharmonic ensemble performance for his classroom and a season subscription to the Philharmonic.

With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.