2012 Charles R. O'Malley Award citation for Wayne M. Brasler
Wayne Brasler for the Charles R. O’Malley Award for Excellence in Teaching
Proud son of the Midwest, he followed the example of a beloved high school teacher into a lifelong career as teacher and adviser to student newspapers and yearbooks. His example of patient dedication and the continuous pursuit of excellence have long ago transcended regional boundaries. He has become a national treasure to several generations of teachers and students in the nation’s schools.
For nearly half a century, he has inspired students at the Laboratory School of the University of Chicago into producing perhaps the most consistently award-winning student publications in the nation. In the words of one of his former student editors, “Mr. Brasler’s success was that he kept his hands on the writing, and his hands off the paper. “ More than 300 alumni of his program have pursued journalism as a career in one form or another.
A master storyteller, he could well be described as the modern-day Bard of Scholastic Journalism. He keeps the best of our traditions alive by both word and deed. But the story telling is not his only means of teaching beyond the four walls of his school. For nearly four decades, he was the guiding spirit behind the newspaper guidelines for the National Scholastic Press Association. He continued to fine tune those standards as student journalism grew and matured, affected by dramatic changes in technology and culture. Yet he never held himself exclusively to one organization or the other but enjoyed and assisted all of them.
In honor of his never-ending quest for journalistic excellence and his inspiring example as teacher, adviser and sage, the Columbia Scholastic Press Association is privileged to present Wayne Brasler with its Charles R. O’Malley Award for Excellence in Teaching.
This citation was written and presented by Edmund J. Sullivan, executive director of the Association.