The Indiana High School Press Association (IHSPA) will recognize Dr. Scott Syverson, Fishers High School principal, as its 2007 Administrator of the Year Friday, October 19, at its state convention at Franklin College.
“Dedicated to the goal of excellence in all programs, Dr. Syverson’s door is always open to teachers and students,” said publications adviser Janet McKinney in her nomination of Syverson for the award established in 2004. “He invites us to share ideas and our opinions about anything that is happening at our school; he encourages us to propose changes and be a part of those changes. Dr. Syverson is not a controlling principal. Instead, his vision for our school springs from a philosophy of a working partnership.”
Similarly Executive Yearbook Editor Ally Melvin said, “. . I need cooperation with the administration to make sure I can get all the information I need to create a historical record within the pages of the yearbook. With Dr. Syverson, I get more than that. I get a guy who answers all of my endless questions, is always willing to give me quotes and insight into his world and acts as our biggest cheerleader.”
Melvin said she has attended seven schools and “with no question, Dr. Syverson is the most supportive, caring, understanding, patient, kind, funny, helpful and positive principal I have ever had.”
McKinney was hired to help establish the journalism program when Fishers High School opened in 2006. She said after her students produced the first issue of the new magazine Dr. Syverson came into the publication lab and wrote a congratulations message on the board for the staff of six untrained students. “My staff members were surprised he knew their names. His personalized approach made my students feel comfortable around him; his special attention made them believers that his scribbled comment on our board was sincere,” said McKinney. “Students know who Dr. Syverson is and respect him for his leadership position.”
Dr. Syverson said, “This award is a direct reflection of the outstanding staff and students at FHS. I am very grateful to have been nominated and thrilled to have won this prestigious award!”