Trissa McCabe, a Goessel High School graduate now teaching math at USD 309 Nickerson-South Hutchin?son, was named a state finalist for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Testing.
McCabe, daughter of Duane and Agatha Duerk?sen of Goessel, was one of three state finalists selected among math teachers; three teachers were selected among science teachers.
The Presidential Awards are considered the highest honors in the fields of mathematics and science teaching.
?They are presented to educators who show a high degree of knowledge, innovation, skill and leadership,? according to the Kansas State Department of Educa?tion website. Elemen?tary and secondary teachers are recognized in alternate years; secondary teachers were honored this year.
Each finalist receives a $500 cash award and advan?ces to competition at the national level.