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Central’s principal nominated for national award

Melissa Hensley

Central High School Principal Melissa Hensley has been nominated for the 2016-2017 national LifeChanger of the Year Award.

“I am humbled to receive a nomination for an award that illustrates the overall impact others feel that I have had in their lives, on our school and in our community,” Hensley said. “It is an honor to represent our school community in this way as I feel it is a reflection of the work that we do at Central High School, and as educators that is so important to the success of students.”

The national LifeChanger of the Year program recognizes and rewards K-12 public and private school educators and employees who are making a difference in students’ lives by exemplifying excellence, positive influence and leadership. The program is sponsored by the National Life Group Foundation, according to a Shenandoah County Public Schools news release.

Hensley said she was notified by email at the end of October about her nomination. A colleague, who wishes to remain anonymous, nominated Hensley.

There will be 15 people who will be presented with the LifeChanger of the Year award this spring, and a 16th award – the National Spirit Award – will be awarded to nominee whose community demonstrates the most support for their nomination.

Each winner is given a cash award that is split between the individual and the school. The national grand prize award is $10,000. The top five winners will be honored at a national awards ceremony in Naples, Florida.

Winners will be chosen by a selection committee made up of former winners and education professional.

Hensley has served in Shenandoah County Public Schools for 11 years and at Central High School for the past five years. She was named the 2016 Virginia State Principal of the Year and was a finalist for the National Secondary Principal of the Year award.

With Hensley at the helm, Central High School was named a 2015 National Blue Ribbon School winner and designated as an Exemplary High Performing School by the Department of Education, and was in the running for part of a $10 million grant.

More information: https://lifechangeroftheyear.com/showspirit.

Contact staff writer Kaley Toy at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or ktoy@nvdaily.com