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Principals, assistant principals and those who support their efforts are making a difference in the quality of education offered in Washington state. There are several prestigious awards that celebrate individuals who set high standards for instruction, student achievement and community involvement as well as individuals who advocate for education and the principalship.

Principals of the Year

Each year, AWSP recognizes three principals with Principal of the Year awards, celebrating elementary, middle and high school principals. We also recognize one assistant principal every year. The awards provide significant recognition on the regional and state level. The middle and high school level winners are eligible to compete at the national level. In September 2012, Trevor Greene became our state's first National Principal of the Year.

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Torch of Leadership Award

The Torch of Leadership Award honors individuals serving in the Washington state government who have demonstrated outstanding support of principals and the principalship. The award was established in 2009.

Nominations are submitted by members of the AWSP Advocacy Committee, and the final selection is made by committee and AWSP staff members. Recipients are named in the spring after the legislative session and honored in October at the AWSP’s fall meeting of the Legislation Committee.

2019 Winner: Rep. Laurie Dolan (D - 22nd)

AWSP is thrilled to announce that the 2019 Torch of Leadership Award is given to Representative Laurie Dolan (D - Olympia). Prior to becoming a state representative, Rep. Dolan worked for 30 years as a teacher and school director advocating for the needs of children and schools. She has also worked with former Governor Gregoire as her policy director and now serves as Vice Chair on the House Education Committee as well as on the Appropriations and State Government & Tribal Relations Committees.

Representative Dolan is an excellent communicator who values the work of all educators and who knows the success of our schools and districts is tied to the quality of our principals. She reaches out to work closely with AWSP on legislation that impacts our work such as school safety, teacher and principal evaluation, high school graduation requirements, civics education, and more. She Is always willing to speak with groups of principals and with our high school student finalists for the U.S. Senate Youth Scholarship.

photo of Rep Laurie Dolan

President's Award

The AWSP President’s Award is given to a person outside the association who has advocated on behalf of principals and the principalship in Washington state. Recipients are chosen by the AWSP Board in consultation with the AWSP executive director. The award is presented at the association's annual conference in June.

2019 AWSP President's Award | Marty and Susan Fortin

Congratulations to Marty & Susan Fortin, the recipients of AWSP’s 2019 President’s Award!

Marty & Susan Fortin

United States Senate Youth Program 

Each year, the William Randolph Hearst Foundation sponsors two high school juniors or seniors from each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia to attend the United States Senate Youth Program - an all-expense paid, weeklong tour of Washington, DC and to receive a $10,000 scholarship.

In Washington state, the Association of Washington School Principals (AWSP) administers the program. Through the AWSL, AWSP sponsors the seven week-long High School Summer Leadership Camps for student body officers, class officers and other student leaders. A selection process is identified and implemented at each camp session, with two students being selected as finalists for the Senate Youth Program scholarships from each camp.

2019-20 Winners

2020 US Youth Senate Scholarship Winner Andre Ramsey

Andre James Ramsey
John R. Rogers High School
Spokane Public Schools

2020 US Youth Senate Scholarship Winner Dana Ahmed

Dana S. Ahmed
 Kamiakin High School
Kennewick School District

For More Information About the Process, Scholarship, and Winners

The Washington State Principals' Scholars Program

This is a recognition award is given to the top 5% of the senior class of each high school. Principals can download the Award for Academic Excellence certificate below. 

For More Information 

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