Winners Circle recognizes students, staff, and community members who have achieved something remarkable or gone beyond the call of duty. You can complete the online form to nominate someone you know!
Scott Matula, art teacher at North Euless Elementary, has won the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution Conservation Award. Matula received the award January 6 from a local DAR chapter, the Captain Nathaniel Mills Chapter, located in Hurst. He was the program speaker for the chapter's monthly meeting, where he did a presentation on NEOLA, the North Euless Outdoor Learning Area. The chapter nominated Matula during the fall, without his knowledge, and enlisted the help of Mark Chandler, director of Visual and Performing Arts, and Melissa Meadows, principal of North Euless Elementary. The chapter surprised Scott Matula by presenting a medal and certificate after his presentation.
The DAR, founded in 1890, established a National Conservation Committee in 1909 with a focus on protecting and conserving the country's natural resources. For more than 100 years, the mission of this committee has been to promote and encourage good stewardship practices that benefit the environment. The DAR presented Matula with the National Conservation Award for his outstanding service to the students at North Euless Elementary School, for his work with NEOLA, and for work with his school's tracking club. His nomination was approved by the Texas DAR Conservation Chair and then it was sent to the National Conservation Chair, Holly Jean Dunbar, who said of the nomination, "Scott Matula sounds like a very worthy recipient as he teaches future generations to appreciate and care for the environment. His NEOLA project sounds fantastic!" The chapter held a reception after the award ceremony, which was attended by local, district, and state DAR representatives.