Stan Harris Citizen's Award

Submission Deadline: September 15th


Stan Harris was a Castle High School Government teacher and We the People sponsor.  He led his classes to win We the People competitions eight times from 1989 to 2002, resulting in a resolution from the Indiana State House of Representatives being passed in his honor.  Mr. Harris was known for his tenacity, his active citizenship and for passing along his love of democracy and the U.S. Constitution to students and teachers alike.  He retired from Castle High School after 26 years of service. In retirement he was State Coordinator for the We The People program.  Mr. Harris taught for 31 years, 26 of which were at Castle High School in Evansville.  He passed away unexpectedly in January, 2010, and this award honors his commitment to active named in his honor.


The Stan Harris Citizen's Award is made to groups or individuals in Indiana in recognition of service promoting social studies principles.  Nominees are judged on the following criteria:

  1. The outstanding service rendered by the nominee must focus on the promotion of social studies principles in a local community, region, or the state of Indiana.  The spectrum of social studies principles implemented by the nominee can range from principles pertaining to tradition to principles pertaining to contemporary issues.
  2. There must be some tangible evidence that the efforts of service of the nominee have had or are having an impact upon, or are effecting a change within, a local community, region, or the state of Indiana.
  3. There must be evidence that the service rendered by the nominee is distinguished for its excellence and inherent qualities. 
  4. The nominee must have demonstrated consistent outstanding service in the promotion of social studies principles.

The nomination must:

  • include the individual's or group's name, address, occupation, title, and the name, address and phone number of the person making the nomination.
  • describe the outstanding service in promoting social studies education in Indiana (local, regional, or statewide),
  • give tangible evidence of the impact upon the change within the local community, region, or state (e.g. newspaper accounts, testimonials),
  • provide evidence that the service is distinguished for its excellence and its inherent qualities, and include examples of the consistency of outstanding service.

Additional supportive data may be included.


Email application packets to Andrew Smith at:


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Stan Harris Citizen Award.doc

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