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Award established in memory of Athens educator Stephen Castile

The Foundation for Excellence in Public Education has announced the creation of the Stephen Castile Memorial Student Award.

The award, to be presented in May, will seek to recognize and award juniors at the two Athens high schools - Cedar Shoals High School and Clarke Central - who show excitement, demonstrate a level of excellence, and display promise within the subject of English and Language Arts while helping and encouraging a sense of community among their peers at their schools.

The English and Language Arts departments at each school will choose their winner.

This award is being funded by an anonymous donor in honor of the life and memory of Castile, who was 51 years old when he died on Feb. 7.

Castile earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of Georgia.

He remained a loyal Cedar Shoals Jaguar during a teaching career that spanned 26 years. Throughout his tenure Castile demonstrated a love of literature and storytelling in all its forms, languages and mediums.

During his time at Cedar Shoals Castile served in many capacities including coordinating the AP program, gifted education, and International Baccalaureate classes. At times in his career he also served as Department Chair, Key Club sponsor, assistant tennis coach and worked with internship and dual enrolled students

Castile’s many awards include the 2006 Teacher of Excellence award and the 2012 Frusanna Booth Teacher of English FFE award as well as several student recognitions. He was an avid Chicago sports fan, a lover of comic books, music and his three sons Matteo, Jake, and Michael.

Castile loved his students, believed deeply in the promise of public education, and tried to instill in his students an understanding that the written word is powerful and important. In his honor, his family and colleagues want to recognize a student who worked hard not just in the classroom but also in their school community to make their world a better place,

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