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Independence High School Alumni Association Recognizes Scott Maretka as Educator of Excellence
Independence High School Alumni Association Recognizes Scott Maretka as Educator of Excellence Scott Maretka receives Alumni Award

On March 12, the Independence High School Alumni Association recognized Biology and Environmental Science Teacher Scott Maretka with the “Educator of Excellence” Award. Previous recipients include Joe O’Brien, Kendall Gunlicks, Fred Schuld, Jeffrey Enckler, and Geraldine Kaftan.  Alumni Association members and colleagues nominate these individuals.

Maretka also is the advisor of the Biology Society and is responsible for the district’s Land Lab classroom and 50-acre property.  His students enjoy not only learning science, but many as members of the Biology Society, attending field trips, weekend hikes, nature centers, and planning the annual fall Land Lab open house for residents. He also has taken students to state conferences in Columbus. Maretka received the district’s Guiding Star Award in 2014 for his dedication and commitment to educating Independence High School students for 24 years.

Dozens of colleagues and current and former students who made an impact on his life attended Maretka’s recognition luncheon. Mayor Anthony Togliatti presented Maretka with a proclamation and proclaimed Monday, March 12, 2018, as “Scott Maretka Day” in the City of Independence.  Several council members, board members, and administrators also were in attendance.

In its 10th year, the Independence High School Alumni Association does a great deal for the school district, its teachers, and students.  They have given 17 scholarships to graduating seniors, totaling $7,600.  They have made significant contributions to the school to help pay for robotics programs, banners, an iPod, athletic canopy, and national programs and speakers such as Rachel’s Challenge.  Each year at the IHS Commencement, the Alumni Association provides Legacy ribbons to graduating seniors who have had parents graduate from the school.
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