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Local student receives international honor for online learning project

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Guyer High School senior Elizabeth West was recently honored as a winner in the second annual Learning Platform Awards for Excellence, sponsored by UniServity, a British company specializing in online learning.

The Denton Independent School District Board of Trustees recognized West and her accomplishment at a board meeting on Nov. 10.

The awards recognize and celebrate the success of schools and individuals from around the world who use creative and innovative ways to support teaching and enrich the learning experience by using the company’s cLc, or Connected Learning Communities web-based learning environment.

“It’s really indescribable. There’s no word in the English language to tell you how I feel,” West said.

West earned the recognition for her work on her cLc learning portfolio. On her educational space online, West posted learning activities for students around the world to use and learn languages like German, French, Italian and American Sign Language. West’s website also featured a section for learning to play the trumpet.

West has studied four years of German, four years of French, one year of Spanish and is currently learning Italian on her own. She plans on studying foreign languages at UNT upon graduating, but first has her sights set on studying in Germany for a year before starting college.

Stephen Shade, department head of world languages at Guyer, supported and assisted West throughout the process. West received a crystal trophy for her creative work online, while Guyer received a check for $816 on behalf of UniServity.

The Learning Platform Awards for Excellence are open to all schools, teachers and students using the cLc Learning Platform around the world. Winners have come from the United Kingdom, Australia, Hong Kong and the United States.

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