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Recognition Programs for Students, Teachers and Administrators


Mississippi Administrator of the Year (AOY)
The Mississippi Administrator of the Year Program (MAOY) recognizes outstanding achievement and performance by Mississippi school administrators and brings effective administrative practices to the attention of others. Those eligible for the award include elementary and secondary school principals and vocational-technical directors. The AOY is asked to share expertise through various presentations and activities for the improvement of education in the state.

Click here to view a list of the past MAOYs.”


Mississippi Teacher of the Year
The Mississippi Teacher of the Year Program (MTOY) recognizes outstanding performance by our public school teachers. Each local school district may honor its teachers and nominate one for the state title. The MTOY must be a certified classroom teacher (with a standard K-12 license) in a state accredited public school that plans to teach the next year. The teacher should have a superior ability to inspire students, possess leadership capabilities, and be an active member of the community.

Click here to to view a list of the past MTOYs.


The Milken Educator Awards Program
Milken Educator Awards Program provides public recognition and financial rewards to elementary and secondary schoolteachers and principals and other education professionals who are furthering excellence in education. The Foundation presents the financial awards to new honorees during a gala celebration held at the annual Milken Family Foundation National Education Conference.

Click here to watch the video of Mississippi’s 2013 Milken Award recipient.


The United States Youth Program

2020 Mississippi USSYP Application and Exam Registration

United States Senate Youth Program Brochure

USSYP-2018 Yearbook

The United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) is an amazing opportunity for motivated junior and senior high school student leaders to have direct contact with the highest-level elected and appointed officials in the nation who meet with them during a week-long intensive educational program in Washington, D.C. Students will meet with the President, a Justice of the Supreme Court, U.S. Senators, Cabinet Secretaries and many other leaders. They will visit historic sites, museums and memorials as they learn about the inner workings of the nation's capital. Sponsored by the Senate, the USSYP mission is to encourage the best and brightest students in America's high schools to pursue careers in public service. 

Begun in 1962, the USSYP provides for all expenses, including travel and accommodations, as well as a $10,000 undergraduate college scholarship for each student. Two students from each state, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense Education Activity will be selected, according to the criteria outlined in the official brochure. 

The 2019-2020 application is now available and the deadline for submission is October 11, 2019. Principals, teachers, and guidance counselors are encouraged to nominate high school juniors and seniors serving in an elected or appointed position within the current academic year and have a strong interest in government and history. Candidates will be considered based on academic achievements, essay question responses, recommendation letters, and performance on the qualifying examination. Additional information can be found at:



Sandra Hilliard

Educator Effectiveness Program Specialist