Union High School science teacher, Jennifer Gates, is one of ten Black Hawk County teachers to receive the 2013 Gold Star Award for Outstanding Teaching, co-sponsored by the R.J. McElroy Trust and KWWL Television.

The ten recipients were selected from 563 teachers who were nominated by students, parents, and colleagues.They were chosen to represent the hundreds of teachers who rise above everyday standards to help students achieve their fullest potential.

The program honoring this year’s Gold Star teachers will be held on Monday, May 20, 2013, at 7 PM in the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center on the University of Northern Iowa campus. The event will feature a performance by the Gold Star Singers, under the direction of Kari Jo Ruden, music instructor at Lincoln Elementary School.

This is the 25th year of the event.

The public is invited to attend. Tickets, which are free of charge, are necessary for admission and are available by calling 287-9102.