USA-Kansas is pleased to announce Jacque Feist has been selected as the 2021 USA-Kansas Outstanding Service Award recipient. Feist has deep roots in Kansas education. She graduated from Claflin High School in 1984, then went on to play softball collegiately at Barton County Community College before transferring to Kansas State University where she completed her degree in education in the spring of 1988. She earned her Master’s degree from Fort Hays State University in 1995.
After graduating from K-State, Jacque moved to Dodge City to begin her career as a teacher and assistant basketball and track coach. She was named the first ever Dodge City High School Head Softball Coach in 1993. She was the Kansas Master Teacher of the Year in 1995-96, and became an assistant principal at DCHS in 1997. She then transitioned to the role of Head Principal in the fall of 2000 – opening the new Dodge City High School. She has been the only Head Principal at Dodge City High School in its current location. In 2010, she was named the Kansas Principal of the Year.
Feist’s impact on activities at DCHS has been both impressive and meaningful. She served on the KSHSAA Board of Directors from 1997-2003 and was the recipient of the KSHSAA Governor’s Award in 2015. She has served in leadership roles on numerous local, state, and national committees and organizations, and has been a long-time member of KASSP, NASSP and USA-Kansas, including president of both USA and KASSP.
She has overseen facility expansions that include Fine Arts improvements, an indoor physical education facility, outdoor track and turf facility, and upgrades throughout the current building. At the end of the month, she will retire from the same district she started and spent 21 years as the community's High School Principal.
Each year USA-Kansas recognizes one member with the Outstanding Service Award. This annual award is the highest recognition the organization bestows upon an individual member.
The Outstanding Service Award recipient has made significant contributions to the profession, demonstrated exemplary leadership, and established a meaningful impression on Kansas Education.
Individual attributes considered for the award include:
•Service to others
•Commitment to the organization
United School Administrators of Kansas is proud to sponsor the Dale M. Dennis Excellence in Education Award. The purpose of this award is to provide schools the opportunity to recognize a senior for his/her citizenship, service, scholarship, and demonstration of self-awareness.
This award is given in honor of Dale M. Dennis, Deputy Commissioner of the Kansas State Department of Education. Mr. Dennis has given many years of service to public education and has helped provide the leadership for financial support and academic excellence in Kansas schools. Mr. Dennis was named the Distinguished Kansan of the Year for Education in 2010. Kansas City’s Business magazine also named Mr. Dennis an icon of education, citing long term dedication and commitment.