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ILHS student receives R.A. Horn Outstanding Achievement Award

Indian Lake High School student William “Alex” Malarkey was awarded the R.A. Horn Outstanding Achievement Award during a reception this summer in Columbus, school officials announced this week.


R.A. Horn Outstanding Achievement Award recipient Alex Malarkey, left, is pictured during the award reception this summer with Mary Lou Lange, Logan County Educational Service Center speech therapist.

The R.A. Horn award is presented to one exemplary special education student from each of Ohio’s 16 State Support Team regions. This award was established 25 years ago by the Ohio Department of Education in honor of the late Dr. Raymond A. Horn, assistant superintendent of public instruction emeritus.

Acknowledged as a national leader in the field of special education, Dr. Horn devoted more than 60 years of service to improving the quality of life and learning for students with disabilities. He left behind a legacy and a challenge to ensure that every student with a disability be given the respect and the opportunities to which they are entitled.

This prestigious award recognizes students’ remarkable performance and drive to overcome obstacles.

Alex was injured in a motor vehicle crash in 2004 that left him paralyzed. The then 6-year-old sustained almost a complete internal decapitation, which nearly severed his spinal cord, and also sustained substantial injuries to his brain stem and cortex.

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