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February 4, 2010

Latta High School student wins new national award

ADA — Ryan Oltmans, a senior at Latta High School, has been named a winner of the Discus Award, a new national award that honors all-around high school students who demonstrate excellence and engagement both inside and outside of school.

Looking beyond just grades, test scores, and win-loss records, the Discus Awards (www.DiscusAwards.com) recognize students who excel in at least three areas that demonstrate their multi-dimensional talents and passions, including community service, work, technology, athletics, academics, and the arts. Students can apply by visiting the site’s nomination page at http://www.discusawards.com/nominate.php.

The Discus Awards offer a valuable resource for teens looking to show colleges the full range of their diverse strengths and interests in today’s changing admissions landscape. Anyone can enter, and applicants are even encouraged to submit videos and images which, if they win, become part of a public online profile.

Winning the award also makes Oltmans eligible for a $2,000 Discus Scholarship, which will be awarded to one Discus Award winner each month of the school year.

“The qualities we spotlight are known to be among the best predictors of future success, making the Discus Awards an invaluable tool for colleges in search of the next freshman class stars,” said Devin Schain, CEO of the Discus Awards and Campus Direct. “The Discus Awards provide recognition and support for the kind of students who will thrive in a world that increasingly requires creative thinking, enthusiasm, and a wide range of strengths.”

“The Discus Awards provide a way to champion those students whose unique strengths and successes are demonstrated in more global and well rounded ways,” said Dara Feldman, an instructional coach in the District of Columbia Schools and a 2005 Disney Outstanding Teacher of the Year.

The Discus Awards were created by Campus Direct, a leading educational services company, and Recognition Media, a producer of major awards programs including The Webby Awards and The Telly Awards.

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