Claudia Wright, a Cottonwood High School teacher, has won the "Excellence in Teaching Award" from the Brigham Young University Alumni Association for her ability to prepare high school students for work, university study and life.

This is the fifth year the alumni group has sponsored the award to honor high school teachers committed to providing quality pre-college education.Wright was selected when former Cottonwood High students attending BYU were asked to list three high school teachers who had the most influence on their education.

One student wrote that Wright didn't "just follow a book, but she took the time necessary so that the students would understand." Another student commented that history can be a boring subject at times, but Wright "always made it exciting."

Wright, who has taught in Granite School District for 15 years, teaches classes in world government and European and American history. She has also been a member of the Gifted and Talented High School Committee in the Granite School District since 1981. A 1971 BYU graduate, she completed a master's degree in education there in 1982.

Honorable mention citations were given to Sharlene Watkins, Dick Smith and Ann Harrison, all of Cottonwood High.