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Press Release for Thursday, August 16, 2007

UNF Student Appointed to Pi Lambda Theta International Board

Contact: Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
(904) 620-2102

University of North Florida student Shane A. Horn has been appointed to the Pi Lambda Theta international board of directors as the undergraduate student vice president for the 2007-2009 term.

Horn fills a vacancy on the board but will serve nearly the entire two-year term. He was appointed after meeting with PLT board members at the international leadership conference in Richmond, Va., where Horn accepted the organization’s 2007 Distinguished Student Scholar Award.

The Distinguished Student Scholar Award is presented in recognition of an education major who has demonstrated a strong dedication to the future of education, displays potential for leadership and has made significant contributions to local or national education efforts while enrolled as an undergraduate student.

“Shane brings a unique perspective to our board. He is not only a teacher-to-be, but also a product of our Department of Defense (DOD) school system. Shane attended DOD schools on military bases all over the world, and after graduation he hopes to teach in DOD schools,” said PLT International President Elizabeth Douglass. “We have no idea what rich ideas Shane’s experience and aspirations might bring to our board, and for that very reason we really look forward to having him with us.”

A Southside resident, Horn serves as historian for the UNF National Education Association; vice president, UNF Theatre Club; and the president of UNF Amnesty International. He is the recipient of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Award and a finalist for the Albert D. Earnest Jr. Caring Award. He is also an active member on the United Way Committee, Best Buddies, the African American Student Union and Golden Key International Honor Society.

Pi Lambda Theta was founded in 1910 and is an international honor society and professional association in education. Its mission is to honor outstanding educators and inspire their leadership on critical education issues.

The most selective society of its kind, Pi Lambda Theta extends membership to students and professionals who satisfy academic eligibility requirements, as well as to professional educators who have earned a recognized award for excellence or certification by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.