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Dr. Eastridge is tops

Dr. Mark Eastridge, principal of Corydon Central Junior High School, has been named 2001 State Middle School Principal of the Year.
He was recognized by the Indiana Association of School Principals on Sunday, Nov. 18, at a professional conference in Indianapolis at the Mariott Inn. He was accompanied by his wife, Susie, several faculty members, who made presentations at the association conference, and South Harrison Community School Corp. Supt. Neyland Clark.
Eastridge, 43, said the honor was a complete surprise. He will now participate in a national contest, representing Indiana next October at a black tie dinner in Washington, D.C., probably at the State Dept.
Eastridge was also elected by his peers as the District Middle School Principal of the Year for District 12, which includes Harrison, Crawford, Clark, Floyd, Jefferson, Ohio, Orange, Scott, Switzerland and Washington counties.
Eastridge is among some 1,700 building level administrators in the state served by the not-for-profit professional association.
He was also named District 12 Middle School Principal of the Year in 1996.
Eastridge earned his doctorate in educational leadership last year from Indiana Sate University. He has been principal at Corydon Central Junior High since 1995 and was principal at Corydon Middle School from 1991 to 1994. His 18-year career in education began at Crawford County Junior-Senior High School, where he taught for one year before joining the South Harrison school district.
Eastridge also serves on the adjunct faculty at Indiana Wesleyan University, where he is an instructor in adult and professional studies.
Corydon Central Junior High School has 382 students in grades 7 and 8.
Space exploration, Civil War history projects, math and art special projects, community involvement, and student honors programs are a few of the student participation programs at Corydon Central Junior High School.

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