BILOXI, Mississippi — The Association for Career and Technical Education recently announced the recipients of the 2017 Region IV Excellence Awards and among the seven honored as one Waxahachie ISD educator.

Gay Johnson, who was awarded the Texas CTAT Guidance Award in 2016, received the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) Region IV Career Guidance Award. After winning the regional award, Johnson will now vie for the national award in December.

According to an ACTE press release, the Region IV winners were announced at an awards ceremony during the ACTE Region IV Conference in Biloxi, Mississippi on April 8. Region winners were selected from among state award winners in Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.

"The ACTE Excellence Awards promote merit in career and technical education (CTE) by recognizing individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to CTE, programs that exemplify the highest standards and organizations that have conducted activities to promote and expand CTE programs," the ACTE release states. "Award winners serve as inspirational leaders to ACTE as they embody the core values of serving students and being committed to CTE.

"The Region IV winners will progress as national finalists in their categories. The national winners will be announced at the ACTE Awards Banquet, a dinner and award presentation recognizing the best CTE educators in the country, which will take place on Dec. 6 during ACTE’s CareerTech VISION 2017, in Nashville, Tennessee."