Scifest STAR 2020 Finalists!

Congratulations to all 2020 nominees, and to the three Scifest STAR finalists!

Randolph College Scifest has announced the finalists for its Science Teaching Award from Randolph (STAR), which honors a high school science teacher who has contributed significantly to the lives of their students and who exhibits excellence in the teaching of science.

They are:

  • Sarah Gray, who teaches AP environmental science, AP biology, anatomy and physiology, and is a dual enrollment biology instructor at E.C. Glass High School. She earned her undergraduate degree at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington and her master’s degree from Lynchburg College, now the University of Lynchburg.
  • Cindy Watson, who teaches biology, chemistry, environmental science, physical science and life science at Holy Cross Regional Catholic School and is an adjunct professor at Central Virginia Community College. She received her undergraduate degree from Southern Illinois University and her master’s from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor.
  • Angela Beasley, who teaches biotechnology, forensics for health and medical sciences, and pharmacy technician courses at the Susie G. Gibson Science & Technology Center in Bedford. She is a graduate of the Lynchburg General School of Professional Nursing and earned an associate’s degree in history from Central Virginia Community College and her B.A. at Randolph College.

The eventual winner will receive a stipend of $1,500, as well as an additional $1,000 as an unrestricted grant for her department. Nominees could be any full-time or part-time teacher working at a public or private high school in the City of Lynchburg and the counties of Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford, Campbell, and Nelson.

The Scifest STAR winner announcement and awards ceremony has been postponed, and will occur when we can again gather in person. We will post updates approximately every two weeks.