Year Honored: 1995
At the time of the Award, William Callahan was:Teacher
Centennial Jr High School
"Quite simply, I make a language that is considered 'dead' come 'alive,'" says William Callahan, who teaches Latin to eighth- and ninth-graders at Centennial Junior High School in Casper. Mr. Callahan heads one of the largest junior high school Latin programs in the nation, and his students, class after class, have been recognized for their outstanding performance on annual Latin examinations. Two of Mr. Callahan's students are currently ranked first and second by the National Junior Classical League. Determined to hold his students to a high standard of excellence, Mr. Callahan is in constant pursuit of ways to "ignite a passion for the relevancy of the past to the present." His students perform in Latin plays for the student body, deliver orations and travel to Denver on treasure hunts to locate examples of classically inspired architecture and decorative motifs.