Knies nominated for LifeChanger award

Herald file photo by Sarah Ann Jump
School Resource Officer Jason Knies talked with Fifth Street School first-grader Nevaeh Locke after they ate lunch with four other students at the Jasper school in April 2018.

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JASPER — Jasper High School School Resource Officer Jason Knies has been nominated for the 2019-20 national LifeChanger of the Year award.

Knies was nominated by his assistant principal, Glenn Buechlein, for his dedication to students’ well-being and safety. As a school resource officer, Knies wears many hats. He instructs D.A.R.E and self-defense classes, and he also mentors students who are interested in pursuing careers in law enforcement or forensics.

Knies goes above and beyond the call of duty and is willing to help out whenever possible. It’s not uncommon to see him driving for extra-curriculars or field trips. He often uses this opportunity to build relationships with students of all ages so that they feel comfortable approaching him in a potentially dangerous situation.

Knies helped spearhead a program at Jasper High School called “Law and Let’s Order,” in which students are recognized for positive acts and behavior. One award is an opportunity to each lunch with Knies, which has been popular with students.

“It is with the utmost respect that I nominate SRO Jason Knies for the LifeChanger of the Year Award,” Buechlein said. “He prides himself on his work ethic, integrity and discipline, and these core values are consistently evident by all stakeholders who interact with him on a daily basis. His actions truly speak louder than words.”

Sponsored by the National Life Group Foundation, LifeChanger of the Year recognizes and rewards the very best K-12 educators and school district employees across the United States who are making a difference in the lives of students by exemplifying excellence, positive influence and leadership.

Each school year, LifeChanger of the Year receives hundreds of nominations from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Seventeen individual LifeChanger of the Year awards will be given during the 2019-20 school year.

Winners are announced via surprise award ceremonies held at their schools. The grand-prize finalists will also be honored at a national awards ceremony in April 2020 in Florida, where the grand-prize winner will be revealed.

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