Kaitlin Crocker has been named the local winner of the Barnes & Noble My Favorite Teacher contest.

The Pittsburg High School educator was chosen from more than 50 entries at the Antioch book store. Student Christian Trujillo nominated Crocker.

Students were invited to nominate their favorite teacher by writing essays, poems or thank-you letters explaining how their teacher has influenced their life and reveal why they appreciate and admire him or her. Entries were judged on the "compelling nature of the teacher's qualities, the sincerity of the student's appreciation, and the quality of expression and writing."

Trujillo's nomination was in the form of a poem, which included this stanza:

"Later will I know how she will change me.

My teacher, the one that inspires all.

Later will I know how she will change me."

Crocker will be recognized with a special award at an April 15 event from 4:30-5:30 p.m. at Antioch's Barnes & Noble on Lone Tree Way. Trujillo, who wrote the winning submission, will get a certificate of recognition and be part of the ceremony.

She is now entered into the regional competition, where five winners will be chosen. From that group of winners, one will be crowned Barnes & Noble National Teacher of the Year and receive $5,000, with a matching prize to the school. Visit BN.com/myfavoriteteacher

HITTING THE LINKS: Freedom High is readying for its 11th annual Director of Athletics golf tournament.

The Oakley school hosts the event June 9 at the Shadow Lakes Golf Club in Brentwood. Registration begins at 6:30 a.m., with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. All proceeds benefit the school's athletic programs. According to the news release, Athletic Director Steve Amaro said, "It is our desire to give all of our student-athletes as much assistance as possible in being the best athlete he or she can be. Without funds, it is difficult for our athletics program to keep our equipment up to date or maintained in the best possible condition, to transport our students to events, or to enter events outside our league ..."

Call 925-625-5900, ext. 3002, or email Martha A Magner at magnerm@libertyuhsd.k12.ca.us.

CREATIVE CURRICULUM: The Arts & Cultural Foundation of Antioch continues its partnership with Antioch's Umpqua Bank with an all-student exhibit.

The Antioch High School Art Attack display runs April 1-May 30. There will be about 30 pieces, including photography, paintings and other 3D pieces of art. Works will be available for purchase. The bank, at 3700 Lone Tree Way, is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays. Visit www.art4antioch.org or call 925-325-9897.

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