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University of Iowa News Release

Dec. 6, 2004

Two High School Administrators Honored At IHSPA Conferences

Dave Kapfer, principal of Boone Middle and Senior High School, Boone, and Ken Hayes, assistant principal of East Marshall High School, Le Grand, have been honored by the Iowa High School Press Association for their exemplary leadership in education and support for scholastic journalism.

Hayes was cited for his role as principal of East Marshall High School last year. He was presented the Administrator of the Year Award plaque at the IHSPA Fall State Conference on Oct. 6 at the University of Iowa.

Kapfer received the Administrator of the Year Award plaque at the IHSPA Fall Regional Conference on Oct. 18 at Drake University, Des Moines.

IHSPA President Gary Lindsay said during the award ceremonies "It's not every year that we present an Administrator of the Year Award. So, it makes me very happy to be able to commend two principals in one year."

A former high school journalism teacher, Hayes takes special interest in the students and curriculum "and still manages to involve himself in the activities he most loved as a teacher -- the yearbook being one of them," wrote then-yearbook adviser Rebecca Bardgett, who has since moved to western Iowa.

"His advice propelled this activity (yearbook publication) into that of a business with time built into the school day and beyond in order to complete a yearbook that the students, their peers and the community will be proud to own," Bardgett added.

"My students feel comfortable and excited to show him their pages and to receive wisdom and constructive feedback on their designs," she continued. She attributes the respect and support the yearbook staff members receive from students, teachers and the community to this principal's "strong promotion of the skills" learned through the production process.

Boone High School has a long tradition of excellence in its journalism program, which includes the production of a yearbook and student newspaper. Kapfer contributed to that success, yearbook adviser Ann Haugland said during the award presentation at Drake.

In a letter nominating Kapfer for the award, Haugland, along with Boone newspaper adviser Jane Dupuis, expressed appreciation of Kapfer's confidence in their abilities as journalism teachers and his "hands-off" policy in terms of the production of the publications.

"He applauds our successes and seems to understand that the most effective learning sometimes occurs through making mistakes," they said in a joint letter.

During his 11 years as principal, Kapfer has become very "knowledgeable about Iowa's law regarding students' right to free expression and consistently abides by it," the letter continued. "In fact, he has been instrumental in educating other administrators in our district about the rights of yearbook and newspaper staff members."

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