Thomas E. Stirling

Adviser of the Year


Doug Walker

Porter Lakes Elementary School

Each year, the Indiana Association of Student Councils chooses an outstanding elementary student council adviser to honor with the Thomas Stirling Adviser of the Year Award. This award is named after Thomas E. Stirling, former principal of Thomas E. Howe High School in Indianapolis, who helped start IASC back in the early 1950’s. It is a great honor to receive the important award, and, this morning, it is my distinct pleasure to make this presentation to the Adviser at Porter Lakes Elementary School, Doug Walker. Mr. Walker, would you please come to the podium.

Mr. Walker has made numerous contributions to his local school community. Some of these projects include Red Ribbon Week, Pumpkins for UNICEF, Jar Wars for Riley Hospital, the Angel Tree project, their Veteran’s Day Program, a huge Thanksgiving Food Drive and sponsoring leadership conferences.

Not only is Mr. Walker a gift to his own student council, his work has blessed the lives of many at the state level. He serves on the IASC Elementary Executive Committee, assists in judging the elementary Honor Council books, has presented at Saturday Elementary Workshops and at the state adviser conference. He has also been a presenter at IASC’s Student Leadership Camp at Manchester College in the summer.

Mr. Walker is valued by his school principal who describes him as a caring, friendly, thoughtful individual person who has contributed positively to thousands of lives. Those who know him well also know he has a great sense of humor which we all need to develop to help us get through the hard times.

Another important quality Mr. Walker possesses is his strong organizational skills. His student council president, Ethan Hylek, makes these observations, “Mr. Walker is a great adviser because he’s organized. He’s always on time and knows what’s going on. I think he should be Advisor of the Year because he’s never late getting things done.”

Mr. Walker is an influential person at Porter Lakes because 25 years ago he organized the first student council the school had ever had. Since that time student council has been a huge part of his life. As his co-sponsor Mrs. Heckler says, “He works tirelessly to give back to the community by teaching students the importance of being a leader. As we approach the twentieth year of Honor Council Awards, Porter Lakes is proud to say we have earned an award every year. We are hoping to accept our twentieth award this spring. Porter Lakes has earned these awards largely due to the dedication of Doug Walker.”

Students, take note of the lessons we learn from the work of Doug Walker – a good leader has to be organized, on time, enthusiastic and have a good sense of humor. A good leader may be a busy person but always finds time to serve others. Mr. Walker’s life work is a testimony to these leadership qualities.

As a token of our appreciation, Mr. Walker will be receiving a free registration to this fall’s adviser conference.

On behalf of the Indiana Association of Student Council, the staff at Porter Lakes Elementary School, and your student council members past and present , we thank you for your 25 years of dedication to student council and leadership development. Please join me in recognizing Mr. Doug Walker as the IASC Elementary Adviser of the Year.

*Presented at the ELEMENTARY HONOR COUNCIL AWARD CEREMONY at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, May 1, 2010.

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