Bellaire High School’s Yearbook Advisor Honored At State Convention

Patti Simon accepts the award from ILPC Director Jeanne Acton (far left) and is congratulated by Sandy Hall-Chiles of Yavneh Academy and Former ILPC Director Randy Vonderheid.

Bellaire High School Carillon Yearbook advisor Patti Simon was named the Max Haddick Teacher of the Year award at the Interscholastic League Press Conference (ILPC) spring convention, held on the University of Texas Austin campus.

The Max Haddick Award is the highest honor that a yearbook advisor can receive.  Following an introduction and the testimonials of people whom she has influenced during her career, Simon received a standing ovation from the attendees for her history of dedication to excellence.

Simon, a former ILPC Edith Fox King award winner, has been the Carillon advisor for almost two decades.  Beginning her career at Bellaire as a French teacher, Simon later added the role of yearbook advisor, encouraged by her daughter who, at the time, was also a member of Bellaire’s staff.  From that moment on, the yearbook grew in acclaim and sophistication.  Simon worked hard continually to improve the quality of the publication, and the Carillon earned its reputation as an award-winning yearbook.

The yearbook student staff has won Stars (UIL) and Crowns (Interscholastic Columbia University Press Award) every year for 13 years, and the Carillon was inducted into the National Scholastic Press Association’s All-American Hall of Fame at the JEA/NSPA Fall National High School Journalism Convention in Kansas City last November.

Bellaire News Staff

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