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Charleston Daily Mail
Wednesday November 28, 2007

Teacher, program win international education awards

An educator and a program in West Virginia have each received a Cyrus R. Vance Award for International Education.

The West Virginia State University International Programs, directed by James Natsis, received the award for its leadership in higher education.

Sherry Strow, a history teacher at Princeton High School, also was named a winner for her efforts with an exchange program at her schools. She annually takes students abroad.

Two Cyrus R. Vance Awards are presented every year - one to a teacher or educational organization and another to a higher education organization or faculty member.

Winners receive a $5,000 gift to advance their endeavors in international education, and an original piece of Blenko-crafted glass art.

Cyrus R. Vance, who was from Clarksburg, served as Secretary of State under President Jimmy Carter, Deputy Secretary of Defense under President Lyndon Johnson, and Secretary of the Army under President John F. Kennedy. He also served as a special presidential envoy to places including the Panama Canal Zone, Cyprus, Vietnam, South Africa and Croatia. He passed away in January 2002.

The awards named after him were created in 2001 by the state to honor West Virginia teachers who promote international and cross-cultural study among their students.

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