In 1997, Amherst College inaugurated the Phebe and Zephaniah Swift Moore Awards to honor some of this country's outstanding high school teachers. The president's December letter is an invitation to each graduating member of the senior class to nominate a teacher who made an impact on the student's life.

If you remember a secondary school teacher who stands out as deserving of this award, please submit his or her name, using the nomination form. As a separate element of this program, we also hope to honor outstanding teachers who are Amherst graduates.

Each recipient is brought to Amherst as our guest and at the Commencement Exercises is presented with a cash prize, along with a certificate paying tribute to his or her particular teaching strength.

To nominate a teacher please complete and submit the form below no later than Friday, January 19. Nominations are authored by one student. If there is a desire by several students to nominate the same teacher, nominations should be separately submitted.

A committee consisting of two faculty members, two administrators and two students from the senior class will make the selections. If you have any questions please call Austin Huot at 413/542-7666.

Thank you, graduating seniors for taking the time during a busy semester to help us identify and pay tribute to some of your best teachers.