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ACTE Announces South Dakota Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher as National Award Finalist


September 13, 2016

Contact: Jarrod Nagurka 
jnagurka@acteonline.org, 703-683-9312 


ACTE Announces South Dakota Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher as National Award Finalist

ALEXANDRIA, VA—The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) announces Beverly Rieck, family and consumer sciences teacher at Dell Rapids Public Schools in Dell Rapids, South Dakota, as the recipient of the 2016 ACTE Region V Lifetime Achievement Award. This award recognizes the contributions and distinguished accomplishments of members who have been identified with the work and purposes of the Association for Career and Technical Education over an extended period of time. 

A family and consumer sciences (FACS) teacher and Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) advisor at Dell Rapids Public Schools, Beverly Rieck has been a CTE instructor for over 40 years. She has advised 11 state officers, several district officers and peer educators, and has had several students qualify and compete at the national level in the competitive Students Taking Action for Recognition (STAR) Event categories. She has served as an assistant and lead consultant for STAR Events at the national level; at the local level, she has advised FCCLA members working on numerous community projects such as providing seasonal gifts to residents at the local nursing and assisted living homes; making and providing blankets to needy families and caps for cancer patients; and coordinating a school-wide recycling drive. Through state-provided grants, Rieck’s FCCLA chapter has provided funds for building bleachers at Rickeman baseball field; local landscaping and beautification projects; and restoration of sections of the Dell Rapids Museum. 

Rieck served as an AIDS teacher trainer from 1989 to 1999 for the South Dakota State Department of Education. In the summer of 2006, she was chosen to be a member of the team of teachers to represent the United States through the Japanese Fulbright Memorial Teacher Exchange Program. She served as a cooperating teacher for six student teachers and several practicum students from South Dakota State University. She has served as a judge for several county 4-H Achievement Days during the summers. Rieck has served in multiple leadership positions, most recently as the President of South Dakota ACTE and President of the South Dakota Association of FACS. “Beverly Rieck truly deserves an amazing award,” says former student and FCCLA officer Kelcie Hauf. 

Rieck is one of four finalists for the 2017 national title. The national winner will be announced at the ACTE Awards Banquet, a dinner and award presentation recognizing the best CTE educators in the country. The event will take place on Wednesday evening, November 30, during ACTE’s CareerTech VISION 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Awards Banquet is sponsored by Express Employment Professionals, the US Army, CareerSafe, Certiport, Stratasys, and International Baccalaureate. For more information about the ACTE Excellence Awards, visit our webpage.


About ACTE 
The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is the nation’s largest not-for-profit association committed to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for successful careers. ACTE represents the community of CTE professionals, including educators, administrators, researchers, guidance counselors and others at all levels of education. ACTE is committed to excellence in providing advocacy, public awareness and access to resources, professional development and leadership opportunities. 


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