Establish the Lyndon Wall Award at PMHS
Organized by: Jamie Cartwright
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NOTE ON DONATIONS: By donating to the campaign to establish the Lyndon Wall Award on this page, your donation will technically go to Jamie Cartwright, who will then submit the money to Perry Meridian High School. This donation page was setup for the sake of convenience, but you can certainly give directly to the award by mailing a check to the school:
Perry Meridian High School c/o Treasurer
401 W. Meridian School Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46217
In memo line: “Lyndon Wall Award”
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What is the Lyndon Wall Award?
The Lyndon Wall Award will honor longtime journalism teacher and advisor to The FOCUS, Mr. Lyndon Wall, who served at Perry Meridian High School from 1973-2016. A firm advocate of student voice and creativity, Mr. Wall will be remembered for his teaching methods that challenged students to think for themselves and to carefully hone their unique voices. In addition to teaching the fundamentals of writing and journalism, Mr. Wall instilled in his students the importance of creativity and always working with a sense of humor.
The Lyndon Wall Award will be awarded each year to a graduating senior at Perry Meridian High School. Presented at the annual PTA Honors Night, the Lyndon Wall Award winner will be selected from nominations submitted by teachers, the administration, and students.
The award, which will be funded by donations from Mr. Wall’s former students and friends, will be given every year for a period at least as long as Mr. Wall’s tenure teaching at Perry Meridian High School.
Why Establish an Award in Mr. Wall's Honor?
Over the course of his tenure as advisor to The FOCUS, Mr. Wall mentored hundreds of student journalists. His students not only learned how to run a weekly newspaper, they learned invaluable life skills, such as leadership, negotiation, and time management. Mr. Wall cultivated The FOCUS to become a place where students could be creative, experiment, and learn and grow as individuals and as a group. Mr. Wall was intentional about recognizing the unique and diverse strengths of his FOCUS staffers, including students whose strengths and contributions were traditionally overlooked.
Alumni from The FOCUS, have gone on to become journalists, graphic designers, teachers, attorneys, business owners, and professionals in many other fields. The impact Mr. Wall has had on his students lives and careers cannot be measured, but should be recognized. This award is a small token of gratitude and appreciation to Mr. Wall from his students.