The Minnesota High School Press Association is proud to present its 2009 Journalism Educator of the Year honor to Nick Fornicoia of Eastview High School in Apple Valley and adviser to the Flash and 4Cast broadcast programs. Fornicoia was honored at the broadcast department’s end-of-the-year banquet at the school on May 31, 2009.

Few scholastic broadcast organizations are as accomplished as Eastview’s and few also demonstrate as much journalistic excellence. It takes a committed educator to establish the expectation for both quality production and journalism. As a result, the Eastview Flash and 4Cast have been among the top-recognized programs in Minnesota and nationally:
•    17 Regional Emmys
•    Awards from Student Television Network and Channel One
•    Winners in MHSPA broadcast contests with Minnesota Wild
•    MHSPA Gold Medallion winners
•    Featured on Web sites and broadcasts locally and nationally
•    More than 250 students participating in broadcast journalism this year
•    Dozens of students earning high honors and pursuing careers in broadcast journalism

His colleague in the broadcast department, Dr. Tyler Krebs, says Fornicoia is “a tireless worker and is well admired by our faculty, administration and all of his students. He has the unique ability to use his humor and intelligence in the classroom and in the athletic arena to relate to a wide ability range of students.”