Local music educator receives Presidential Citation08.03.2005
Beth McCoy, a local music educator from Abingdon, VA, has been awarded the Presidential Citation for Outstanding Educator by the summer residential Governor's School for Humanities and Visual & Performing Arts at the University of Richmond.
McCoy is the artistic director of the Mountain Empire Children's Choral Academy (MECCA), which consists of the East Tennessee Children's Choir and the Highlands Youth Ensemble. She is also teaches private voice and piano lessons.
McCoy was nominated for this honor by Martha Eason, a vocal music student in the Visual & Performing Arts program.
Each summer, 400 students from across the commonwealth of Virginia who have exhibited exceptional ability in their particular discipline are invited to participate in either the Governor's School for Humanities or Visual & Performing Arts. This intensive four-week program of classes, workshops, field trips and special events is designed to encourage students' individual growth as well as to challenge them to achieve personal excellence in their fields.
These students are encouraged to recognize an educator who has had the greatest influence on their intellectual growth and achievement. Eason, along with the Governor's School and the University of Richmond, have recognized McCoy as such an exceptional educator.
Hosted by the University of Richmond School of Continuing Studies, the Governor's School for Humanities and Visual & Performing Arts was held July 3-30, and was sponsored by the Virginia Department of Education and participating schools.