Emily Pyeatt Arnold, CJE, Awarded JEA Medal of Merit
Written by Jenica Hallman, CJE
Five deserving journalism advisers received the JEA Medal of Merit on Friday in recognition of their exceptional leadership and service to JEA, scholastic journalism and teaching. Among them was Emily Pyeatt Arnold, CJE, from Aledo High School in Aledo, Texas, where she advises the Ledoian yearbook, the Cat’s Eye online news site, Bearcat TV and Catalyst literary arts magazine. Aledo High School’s Ledoian yearbook is printed by Walsworth. Pyeatt Arnold has also previously taught at Crowley High School and Haltom High School.
Pyeatt Arnold’s publications have won NSPA Pacemakers and CSPA Gold Crowns, she was a 2015 JEA Rising Star, and she is JEA Texas state director on the TAJE board. She also coordinates the Texas Journalist of the Year competition. Despite her many accolades, what she’s best known for is her kindness.
“Emily just exemplifies everything a Medal of Merit recipient should be – she supports her students, her colleagues and advisers she works with at summer workshops with such kindness and compassion,” Walsworth Yearbooks Sales representative Jill Chittum, MJE, said. “It’s not uncommon for me to hear ‘I just love her, she’s the best’ whenever her name comes up.”
Erica Brockmoller, CJE, the yearbook adviser at Lexington High School in Lexington, Nebraska, is one of those advisers she works with at summer workshops.
“Her knowledge and the publications her students produce are next level, but even more so, I am inspired by the way she treats people and serves others,” Brockmoller said. “Getting to watch Emily work with students at workshops in other states is inspiring because of the care she puts into her planning as well as the way she leads, guides and educates the students and advisers around her. She makes every interaction she has count. Emily inspires me to become more involved and lead with a servant heart.”
The other four individuals recognized are:
- Justin Daigle, MJE, Brighton High School, Brighton, Colorado
- Debra Klevens, CJE, Parkway High School, Ballwin, Missouri
- Tamra McCarthy, CJE, James C. Enochs High School, Modesto, California
- Heather Nagel, CJE, Christ Presbyterian Academy, Nashville, Tennessee.
You can read more about the award recipients on the JEA website. All five advisers will be recognized at the JEA/NSPA fall convention in St. Louis.
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