The Indiana Association of School Principals will recognize Destiny Rutzel, Principal at South Ripley Junior High School in Versailles, IN, as the 2018 District Middle School Principal of the Year from IASP District 10. District 10 is located in southeast Indiana and is made up of Dearborn, Decatur, Fayette, Franklin, Hancock, Jennings, Ripley, Rush, Shelby and Union Counties.
District Principals of the Year are elected by their peers. One principal is honored from each of the 12 districts. From these 12 District Middle School Principal winners, one is chosen as the 2018 State Middle School Principal of the Year. The State winner will be announced at the award celebration.
Mrs. Rutzel is in her 5th year as the Principal at South Ripley Junior High School. Under her leadership, SRJHS has received many noteworthy recognitions including being named an Indiana Four Star School, a 2018 Common Sense Media School, a 2016 National School to Watch, and a 2016 National Blue Ribbon School. Additionally, SRJHS received a Promising Practice award from the Indiana Department of Education in 2016 for their Advisory Program. The school was also recently named a “Champions in the Middle” school by the Indiana High School Athletic Association for their work with Special Olympic athletes.