Carrie Shell, seventh grade science teacher, won the award in what Baxter said was "the largest number of votes in the history of this contest." He went on to say how far their listening area covered and the number of much larger schools in the area, making the award even more special.
Shell, who was a little shy and didn't seem like the type to enjoy being honored in front of a crowd said, "I really feel humbled by this."
Recipients of the award are nominated on the Web site by submitted essays from the students. By the sounds of the students, banners and waves, there was no doubt that Shell was a crowd pleaser. She said that fellow teachers, Leslie Allen and Adam Carter, helped the children with the nomination. They wrote their essays in English class.
When the disc jockeys asked why they voted for Shell, one student said, "She is awesome." Others compared her to a second mom and the general consensus was the many interesting hands-on science projects were the main reason they picked Shell.
The event was a huge pizza party with fun, games and a monster cookie cake. The 120 seventh grade students at Highland Middle School performed for Shell from singing, dancing, back flips and even a student doing the worm. There was no mistaking the fact that Shell was the queen of the school.
Her jam-packed prize pack included lots of food, a month at Fitness boot camp, tanning package, gift certificates and the coveted Rockin' Apple Award.