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Runyan Selected as Webster award recipient

By Staff | Jul 22, 2020

For the past eight years, the East Lycoming Historical Society has been honored to present a $350 award to a graduating senior of HHS.

The Robert Webster Local History Award is presented each year to a senior who has devoted their time and shown a true interest in local history. The award was named in honor of beloved teacher and local historian, Robert Webster.

The award this year was given to Ian Runyan. Ian spent many hours preparing a project for his local history class on the many one-room schoolhouses that were located within the district, and then donated his project to the museum. Ian’s project included pictures and a map showing the locations of the schoolhouses.

Carol Mordan (far right) was extremely honored and proud to present Ian with the award as she was his third grade teacher and had taken Ian and his fellow classmates to spend a day at the Newman One-Room Schoolhouse. Ian shared that he fondly remembered quill writing and learning the “3 R’s” there.

He is the son of Steve and Lisa Runyan and enlisted in the Army as a Combat Engineer. He is currently at Fort Leonard Wood in MO. Pictured are Shirley Crawley, Ian Runyan, Robert Webster, and Carol Mordan.