The Golden Apple goes to Elizabeth Dagen

Published: Mar. 30, 2017 at 7:30 AM CDT
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Starting high school can be exciting and a bit terrifying all at once. Congratulations to Elizabeth Dagen, who teaches ninth grade reading at Arnold High School.

"I think ninth grade is a special year for these kids because they are just starting onto that path to the future. Ninth grade is when it sinks home with them, 'Oh I'm about to graduate, I'm about to become an adult,' and so they need as much help as they can get through that transition."

Dagen helps with that transition by working to instill a love of reading in her students. To capture their interest, she lets her students choose their own books to read for class.

"It's like exploring your own idea on what the book would be like," said one of Dagen's students Alyssa Peacock.

"I like it because I get more into reading doing that," explained another student Bryson Weilbacher. "I'm reading Hope Solo right now. It's just about a soccer goalie because I play soccer so it's just about her and how she got through life."

"Reading is important because it's something you do every day. It's an everyday skill that you have for your whole life."

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