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No Excuses University honors Lincoln principal

No Excuses University honored Lincoln Middle Principal Haidi Appel with its most prestigious award at its national convention last weekend in Dallas.

Appel received the Barbara Livermore After High School Comes College Award for her dedication to the students of the No Excuses University Network of Schools. She first entered the NEU world as principal of Bond Elementary, which was one of the first Texas campuses to join the NEU network.

“I believe whole-heartedly in what NEU does and stands for,” Appel said. “I share the message because I believe it is what is best for kids. We want all children to be prepared to go to college if that is the path they choose. We are not in a place to make that decision for students but can do everything we can to give them the skills to be equipped to make those decisions.”

The No Excuses University Network of Schools is a diverse and dynamic association of like-minded schools and education organizations from across the United States. The network is united by the belief that all children, even those who live in poverty or who are learning English, can be academically successful and attend college.

“Students have had the opportunity to learn about so many schools around the US,” Appel said. “We have great local schools but this also opens the door to other opportunities.”

Appel was completely surprised when they honored her with the Barbara Livermore Award, which is named after the mother of the founders of NEU. She is only one of nine other recipients of NEU’s highest recognition.

“She exemplifies No Excuses in her professional and personal life and in doing so, makes us all incredibly proud to be associated with her,” said Elizabeth Atkinson, last year’s winner.

Founder Damen Lopez added: “As an educator, parent, and community member, Haidi’s integrity and heart for children are paramount in all she does.”