By Clarion Herald staff
Barbara Stott, a math teacher and the Mu Alpha Theta moderator at Cabrini High School, was awarded the Sister Scholastica Most Committed Sponsor Award at the Mu Alpha Theta National Convention held in Buffalo, New York.
A math teacher for nearly 50 years, Stott was nominated for the Sister Scholastica Most Committed Sponsor Award, an award to honor outstanding sponsors of Mu Alpha Theta chapters, by three of her students who wrote letters of recommendation in May.
During the delegate assembly at the convention, more than 56 student representatives from across the nation voted for the recipient of the award after Cabrini student Grace Davidson presented why she and her fellow classmates chose to nominate Stott.
She received a plaque, $2,000 cash prize for herself and a $1,000 grant for the Mu Alpha Theta chapter at Cabrini. She was also honored at the closing ceremony of the convention.
“It is impossible to put into words how winning this award made me feel,” said Stott upon the honor. “I was extremely moved. I had no idea that I had been nominated so it was very emotional.”
Stott became a member of Mu Alpha Theta as a student in 1960. Since 1972, she has been the Mu Alpha Theta moderator at various schools, and she has even held the national offices of Region II governor, NCTM representative and president.
Regarding the news, Cabrini’s principal Yvonne Hrapmann said, “I was not surprised at all given Ms. Stott’s length of involvement and commitment to Mu Alpha Theta and math students. She brings many years of math teaching experience and knowledge to our math department and Mu Alpha Theta. She has been a valuable asset to Cabrini over the past five years.”
Mu Alpha Theta is a national honor society for people who love math, and the national convention is a meeting for the organization where students and teachers come together to participate in math contests, listen to speakers, and get to know people from across the country with the same passion for math.