MILTON-FREEWATER -- A McLoughlin High School teacher is among 11 educators to receive Inspirational Teacher Awards from Eastern Oregon University.
Chris Meliah was nominated by student Brittney Hall, who graduated from Mac-Hi in 2011.
Teachers were nominated by first-year honor students at the university. The students, who had to maintain dean's list standing during the fall term, were given the opportunity to nominate a teacher who influenced them on their path to college.
The awards are presented annually by the university to recognize outstanding teachers who stress the value of higher education among their students. Teachers from Oregon, New Mexico, Washington, California and Nevada were recognized.