Antonio Banos
Eaton High School Teacher Wins Cash Award and Opportunity to Travel to Summit in D.C.
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Northwest ISD business teacher Antonio Banos of V.R. Eaton High School has been chosen to receive the Leavey Award for Excellence in Private Enterprise Education for his facilitation and work in the Academy of Business Management and Entrepreneurship (BME Academy).


Mr. Banos will fly to Washington D.C. for a special awards ceremony held by the Freedoms Foundation on December 1-4, 2016, in conjunction with the National Council for the Social Studies Annual Conference. Banos will also receive a commemorative plaque, a cash award of $7,500 and will participate in the Leavey Educational Summit, where he will present his project to educators from across the country.


In addition to the conference and ceremony, Banos and a guest will be provided with airfare, hotel accommodations for three nights and a guided tour of the nation’s capital.


When asked about the opportunity to be rewarded for his hard work and represent Northwest ISD in Washington D.C., Mr. Banos said, “It is an absolute honor getting recognized nationally by the Freedoms Foundation and the Leavey Foundation. It feels great to be recognized for all of the massive amounts of hours that have been invested into making our students at the BME Academy successful.”


Banos’ work in the BME Academy has been vitally important to the students of Eaton High School as the program continues to have success. The academy is a comprehensive four-year business high school program housed at V.R. Eaton High School that takes students out of the standard high school classroom and into an environment modeled after the corporate world. Students are given the opportunity and resources to create, craft and define their own business future. Students in the BME Academy have received recognition at prestigious schools such as Harvard, Stanford, and the University of Pennsylvania and have had various scholarship opportunities that others would not.


Mr. Banos also thanked everyone who put effort into the BME Academy. “We can’t forget that our BME Academy and its success would not have been possible without the vision and hard work of key administrators, community members, business professionals, parents and students in Northwest ISD. Having a very supportive administration, as well as a knowledgeable and patient BME partner teacher was, is and will be crucial for the continued success of the academy.”


Created by the Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Foundation, the Leavey Awards is now celebrating its 39th year after beginning in 1977. Over 600 teachers have received the $7,500 award, which has amounted to nearly $4,000,000 over the decades.


Mr. Banos and his work will join seven other projects and 12 recipients at the awards ceremony in December.