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Johnson's Viccellio recipient of humanities award

Award Acceptance

Viccellio accepts the Humanities Award from Rep. Straus.

Johnson High School's Adrian Viccellio was paid a special visit by Michael L. Gillette, executive director of Humanities Texas, and Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives Joe Straus on Dec. 16, to be presented the 2013 James F. Veninga Outstanding Teaching of the Humanities Award. Viccelio's AP World History class of sophomores cheered for one of their favorite teachers throughout the presentation.

Take a look at the teacher website of Viccellio and it's easy to tell that he has a passion for culture and world history. Photos of Viccellio standing by the Great Wall of China and in front of the London Bridge are obvious signs. This passion, along with his involvement with Humanities Texas helped him earn the prestigious award.

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Michael Gillette speaks to the students about the importance of the award.

The award is presented annually to one exemplary humanities teacher in a Texas elementary, middle, or high school. Amongst 300 nominations, Viccellio was one of three selected to receive the award. In addition to the award, Viccellio received a check for $5,000 in recognition of his achievements as well as $500 to purchase humanities instructional materials or improve humanities courses and programs.

Humanities Texas is a nonprofit, educational organization that works to conduct and support public programs in history, literature, philosophy, and the other humanities disciplines.


Posted on December 16, 2013