Educators Rising Competition Featuring Missouri Teacher of the Year to Take Place at Westminster College


Fulton, Mo. – March 4, 2024: For the second year in a row, Westminster College will welcome high school students from across the state as the official host of the 2024 Educators Rising Missouri State Competition, which begins at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, March 6, 2024, in Champ Auditorium.

Young people at participating high schools who are interested in pursuing careers in education will convene in a variety of team-based and individual competitions.

Competition categories include children’s book-writing, public speaking, ethical dilemmas and more.

The event will begin with a keynote presentation by Greg Kester, Missouri’s Teacher of the Year. Kester teaches social studies at Potosi High School.

Both the opening event and the awards ceremony at 4 p.m. in Champ Auditorium will be open to the public.

Educators Rising is sponsored by the Missouri National Education Association and is part of PDK International, which has an active group of education majors at Westminster.

Dr. Barri Bumgarner, chair of Westminster’s Education department, says the College’s education majors are excited to help with the competition throughout the day.

“To host this competition and welcome these amazing young people to our campus is such an honor,” Bumgartner says. “It is a magical day with no classes for our education students, but so much education going on all around us.”

ABOUT WESTMINSTER COLLEGE: Founded in 1851 and home of Winston Churchill’s “Iron Curtain” speech, Westminster College is ranked prestigiously by The Princeton Review as one of the “Best 150 colleges in the Midwest” for 2024. New graduates experience a more than 90% placement rate within six months of graduation, while Westminster alumni are in the top 16% nationwide for graduate earnings. The only National Liberal Arts college in Missouri, Westminster has long been recognized for its focus on educating and inspiring students to make an impact on the world around them. Find out more about Westminster College by visiting our website.

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Sarah Rummel Backer

Sarah Rummel Backer is the Director of Media Relations and Senior Writer at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri. A proud Westminster graduate, Sarah has more than 20 years of experience in marketing and strategic communications in the areas of higher education, medicine, agriculture, and the private business sector.