Hershey Senior High Principal Mike Troxel received the 2014 Outstanding Principal Award from the Nebraska Rural Community Schools Association.
Troxel was nominated by staff, students, administrators, board members and alumni of the school. He was officially awarded the honor on March 21 in Kearney.
Troxel was given this reward based upon his innovation and passion for students. He has been involved in education for the past 43 years.
He began his career with the Hyannis School and worked for the Sutherland School for 33 years. For the last eight years, Troxel has been Hershey’s senior high principal.
With the many years of service, Troxel could retire any time. He said he wasn't sure when that will be, because he enjoys his job. He said he would definitely return for the 2014-15 school year.
When asked what has kept him motivated all these years he said “It’s all about the kids.”
Troxel has never won the principal of the year award before but has won the athletic director of the year two times during his career. Troxel’s office wall is lined with achievement awards.
“I could fill another wall with all the awards I have won," he said. "I never started out to fill a wall with awards. It has always been my desire to do what is best for the kids.”
Troxel has also been involved in athletic programs for many years. He can be seen in the spring with a starter’s gun in hand at most track meets near Hershey. The “Mike Troxel Invitational Track Meet” is held in Hershey, named in honor of his years of service to the track program.
Troxel created a partnership with North Platte Community College to create a Health Science Career Academy as well as an Education Pathway Career Academy. He is also an active member of the Sutherland Rodeo Committee.
"I am very pleased that he was selected for the 2014 NRCSA award," Hershey Superintendent Jane Davis said. "His involvement with the kids and his love flows through the entire school.”
Librarian Kristin Benjamin noted that Troxel’s energy is constantly felt throughout the school.
NRCSA is an organization consisting of 180 rural Nebraska schools.