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Brooke Walker reportingNobody would argue that school teachers put forth a lot of time and effort in order to help their students succeed.
Teacher Scott Nelson has clocked his fair share of overtime. In addition to fulfilling his teaching responsibilities, he has directed school plays for more than 30 years. Mr. Nelson is credited for bringing drama and theater arts to the children of Brigham City. He has spent thousands of hours rehearsing, planning and preparing for hundreds of school productions. He will retire at the end of this year.
We gave him a High 5, and the whole school was in on it. The teachers and students of Adele C. Young Intermediate School helped us put the spotlight on him.
For Scott Nelson, a good performance isn't about memorizing lines. It's the lessons his students take away from the stage, namely confidence.
When Mr. Nelson was called into an impromptu assembly last Friday, the students knew why we were there. But it was obvious that the look on Mr. Nelson's face was not rehearsed.
We told him, "At KSL we like to thank people who are doing well in the community, and you definitely qualify as one of those people. For some 30 years you have brought theater and performing arts to the students of Box Elder School District, and I think the students are pretty grateful for that."
"You believe the arts have changed children, and you have dedicated thousands of hours to sharing that with them. What do you get in return?" we asked him.
He answered, "The best feeling in the whole world, because I have got to work with the best kids in the country."
Teacher Chris Thornock said, "The legacy you left our school is not the hundreds of plays or the thousands of lives you have touched. It's the legacy of students singing and laughter that will echo through these hallways for many, many years after we are gone. It will always be here, and we thank you for that."
"The arts are so important. Whenever you play a ball game, there is a winner and a loser. But in the arts, every kid goes home a winner."
And today Mr. Nelson was the winner.
On a personal note, as one of Mr. Nelson's former students, I can say the lessons learned do extend far beyond the stage.
If you have someone you would like to nominate for a High 5, see the link on this page.