NCASA's Champion for Children
This prestigious award is given annually to an individual who has shown commitment to and leadership in supporting and enhancing public schools in North Carolina. Representative D. Craig Horn (R-Union), who is currently serving his fourth term in the North Carolina House of Representatives, is NCASA’s 2018 Champion for Children.
Representative Horn continues to be a great supporter of and champion for North Carolina Public Schools. He has held several leadership roles in the General Assembly, including Chairman of the Joint Legislative Task Force on Education Finance Reform, Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee, Joint Legislative Program Evaluation Oversight Committee, Education - K-12 Committee, and Education Appropriations Committee. He provides outstanding leadership in education policy development and displays commendable accessibility and willingness to listen to and work with both our association and our school leaders. He serves as a beacon of enrichment for the future of North Carolina public schools, as he leads efforts to change and improve the technological environment and digital learning across the state.
Rep. Horn served in the U.S. Air Force from 1962 to 1969 before a successful career as a food broker. He retired and moved to Weddington in 2005, where he volunteered in three Union County Schools. He is Chairman of the Churchill Society of North Carolina and the founder of the North Carolina Winston Churchill Seminar for High School Students & Teachers, a former board member and Treasurer of the International Churchill Society and The Churchill Centre, and plays an active role with the American Veterans Center in Washington, D.C. He and his wife Lorraine have four children and seven grandchildren.
Previous NCASA Champion For Children recipients include:
2017 | Hugh Blackwell
2016 | James H. Langdon, Jr.
2015 | John Dornan
2014 | Ann B. Goodnight
2013 | Linda P. Johnson
2012 | Beverly E. Perdue
2011 | Bill McNeal & June St. Clair Atkinson
2010 | Vernon Malone
2009 | Howard N. Lee
2008 | Rick Glazier
2007 | Douglas Yongue
2006 | James B. Hunt, Jr. & Michael F. Easley