Elizabeth Hurd began her teaching career in Suffern and after moving to Warwick became an English teacher at Warwick Valley High School (WVHS). After heading up the drama club for several years, she diverted all of her time and energy towards building a new communications program.
In the 1980s she pioneered “Wildcat TV” from the ground up with her own camcorder, a VHS player and a small group of students. What started off as an idea quickly turned into a three-year development program at WVHS and began to flourish after she convinced the NYS Education Department to close on a series of grants to build a state-of-the-art television studio and new video equipment.
Always striving to learn more, Hurd received her Master’s degree in Communications from Fairleigh Dickinson University and passed along her knowledge about new technology and video production to the classroom. Throughout her years as an educator, she introduced thousands of students to the exciting world of communications and has produced notable writers, editors, broadcasters, national news and local sports program directors and movie producers.
Hurd was recognized as NYS Teacher of the Year for her personal commitment towards the development of each student. Her work at WVHS was the definition of excellence; providing a foundation in communications and technology for all students to explore. She has been stricken with Alzheimer’s disease and will not be able to personally deliver the award this year.
Longtime friends, Pam and Sid Ketchum, along with her husband, Douglas, have established this award to honor her legacy at WVHS, reward a student’s drive towards excellence in the field of communications and to inspire all students to make others shine. The award will be presented annually in the amount of $2,000 to the winner.
Students will be required to fill out the standard application form, submit one piece of work and the award winner will be selected by the communications teacher.