- Associated Press - Monday, December 8, 2014

MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) - A South Dakota teacher is among 50 worldwide who’s in the running for a $1 million award.

Julie Olson from Second Chance High School in Mitchell will compete for the Varkey GEMS Foundation Global Teacher Prize.

The prize is open to teachers in every school in every country of the world.

Olson is a biology teacher who has taught top students in honors science courses at universities. She recently developed and taught science courses for at-risk students in the district alternative school.

If awarded the prize, Julie would use it to supplement fundraising for field trips and the summer school program for at-risk students. It would also allow some of her students to travel with her overseas to see what other countries are doing in science.

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