Magazine names Joplin superintendent 'hero'

Magazine names Joplin superintendent 'hero'

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A student walks past a mural of the school mascot on the first day of school at a temporary high school in a converted big-box store in Joplin, Mo. Wednesday, August 17, 2011. School started on time in the district nearly three months after an EF-5 tornado destroyed six schools and damaged four others along with killing 160 people and devastating a third of the city. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

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Posted on October 31, 2011 at 6:49 AM

Updated Monday, Oct 31 at 9:08 AM

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) -- People Magazine has named the superintendent of the Joplin School District one of its 2011 heroes.

   The Joplin Globe reports (http://bit.ly/vH3Hi7 ) that superintendent C.J. Huff appears in the 2011 Heroes Among Us Awards in the Nov. 7 issue. He was chosen as one of six winners.

   Huff won the award for his efforts in reopening schools damaged by the May 22 tornado. Five school buildings were destroyed in the storm, which also killed 162 people and damaged a large part of the southwest Missouri city.

   It's unclear how Huff was selected for the magazine's feature. A magazine representative said the company doesn't comment on its editorial processes.

   But in the article, Huff was credited with keeping an "around-the-clock vigil" after the tornado, directing school buses and comforting victims.
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   Information from: The Joplin Globe, http://www.joplinglobe.com
 

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