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Perryville teacher wins educational theater award

Friday, July 12, 2002

PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Last year's winner of the President's Award given by the Educational Theatre Association was Joe Norton of Broadway Cares, Equity Fights AIDS, for his work to raise awareness among secondary theater arts students and audiences.

Tim Thompson, a Southeast graduate who is the drama teacher at St. Vincent High School in Perryville, is one of two winners of the award this year. He was cited for his dedication to the International Thespian Festival held each summer in Nebraska.

He has participated in the festival since 1989. With a background as an emergency medical technician, he has served as the festival's nurse liaison since 1990. He is responsible for the health and security of the 2,500 to 3,000 people who attend the festival each summer.

The EDTA President's Award is the highest honor given to people in secondary theater arts programs.

Thompson is beginning his third year at St. Vincent High School. He previously taught at Perryville High School. He also manages the Perry Park Center Performing Arts Theater.

Thompson was a member of the Black Mask Honorary Theatre Society at Southeast and in 1990 was a nominee for state theater teacher of the year.

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