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The National Association of Secondary School Principals and the Metropolitan Life Insurance Co., announced last week that Sharon L. Buddin has been selected as the 2002 National High School Principal of the Year.

Sharon L. Buddin

Ms. Buddin is the principal of the 1,800-student Ridge View High School in Columbia, S.C.

She plans to use the $10,000 prize that comes with the honor to create a "cyber cafe" at her school for students and staff members.

Based in Reston, Va., the NASSP is a professional organization that serves more than 40,000 school administrators in the United States and 60 other countries.

MetLife, based in New York City, has co-sponsored the award program for principals since 1993.

Kevin J. McHugh

The NASSP and MetLife also announced last week that Kevin J. McHugh has been chosen the 2002 National Middle School Principal of the Year.

Mr. McHugh is the principal of the 970-student Pennwood Middle School in Yardley, Pa.

The honor includes a $10,000 prize that the principal intends to use to purchase education software for his school.

Deborah A. Kasak recently began a one-year term as the president of the National Middle School Association.

Ms. Kasak, the executive director of the Association of Illinois Middle Level Schools, took over as the president of the national association last month. She will hold both positions concurrently

Meanwhile, the NMSA announced this month that Linda Robinson, the principal of the 786-student Alvin Junior High School in Alvin, Texas, was chosen to be president-elect of the association. She will begin serving as president when Ms. Kasak's term expires next year.

Based in Westerville, Ohio, the NMSA provides information and other services to middle school educators. It has more than 30,000 members.

—Marianne Hurst

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Vol. 21, Issue 12, Page 5

Published in Print: November 21, 2001, as People in the News

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