McAllen Memorial High Journalism Teacher Kelsey E. Martin will receive the Edith Fox King Award from the Interscholastic League Press Conference (ILPC, which is the journalism division of the University Interscholastic League). It is a lifetime achievement award.

She is the first journalism adviser/teacher from McAllen ISD to ever receive this honor and only the fourth in the Rio Grande Valley.

“It is my pleasure to inform you that you have been chosen to receive the Edith Fox King Award … in grateful recognition of distinguished contributions and outstanding devotion to scholastic journalism education in Texas,” a congratulatory letter from ILPC Director Jeanne Acton read. “The Edith Fox King Award is particularly gratifying because you were nominated by colleagues who value your contribution to scholastic journalism.”

The award recognizes those people who have dedicated their lives to continuing the ideals of scholastic journalism. To be eligible for the award, candidates must have at least 10 years of service to Texas scholastic journalism.

This is her 26th year teaching at Memorial High. She teaches journalism, yearbook, newspaper and independent studies of journalism. In addition, Ms. Martin coaches six Academic UIL events: Feature Writing, Editorial Writing, News Writing, Headline Writing, Copy Editing plus Current Issues and Events.

Her students have won 23 journalism regional medals and seven state medals. Since UIL created team journalism awards in 2012, Memorial has been the district champions every year and has twice placed second at the regional level.

The Memorial yearbook (The Spur) is the only yearbook in the Rio Grande Valley to have won a prestigious Bronze Star from UIL/ILPC. In fact, Memorial has won the Bronze Star three times.

Ms. Martin will be honored at an awards ceremony to be held Saturday, May 4, in Austin.