Mark Twain Elementary School Principal Laurel Rosenthal will be one of four Pittsburg State University graduates honored with the University's highest honor later this week.

Mark Twain Elementary School Principal Laurel Rosenthal will be one of four Pittsburg State University graduates honored with the University's highest honor later this week.
Pittsburg State University announced on Monday that Rosenthal, along with Terry Clark, Ivan Crossland Jr. and John Roderique, have been selected to receive the 2018 Meritorious Achievement Award, the university’s highest honor.
The Pittsburg State University Alumni Association established the Meritorious Achievement Award in 1958. Candidates must have demonstrated substantial professional growth and advancement over an extended period.
The candidate's activities, including participation and leadership in civic and professional organizations at the local, state, and national levels, are considered by the Awards Selection Committee in selecting the recipients.
The four will be honored by the university with a public reception at 3 p.m. on Friday, April 13, in the Wilkinson Alumni Center.
“This year’s Meritorious Award recipients are great examples of the ways that Pittsburg State University’s more than 65,000 alumni distinguish themselves in their places of work and in their communities every day,” said Jon Bartlow, director of alumni and constituent relations.

Laurel Brouse Rosenthal
Rosenthal earned a master's degree in elementary education from Pittsburg State in 1986 and her specialist in education degree from Pittsburg State in 1989. She began teaching in 1966 and has spent 50 years at the same school: Mark Twain Elementary in Carthage, Missouri.
Rosenthal began her career there as a kindergarten teacher, a position she held for 21 years, before she assumed the role of principal.
At Mark Twain, she has impacted generations of students, including a member of the Carthage Board of Education who was in her kindergarten class and was a member of three generations who attended school during Rosenthal's tenure. One of Rosenthal's staff members, a second-grade teacher, also had Rosenthal as a kindergarten teacher.
In 2009, she was named Citizen of the Year by the Carthage Chamber of Commerce.
She was named Outstanding Teacher for Carthage R-9, received the Carthage R-9 Golden Key Award for Outstanding Administrator, was named Outstanding Principal of Southwest Missouri, has been the Grand Marshal of the Maple Leaf Parade, was inducted into the Hall of Heroes at the Carthage Y, was named a Pathways Leader by the Joplin Globe.
Rosenthal and her late husband, Malcolm Rosenthal, have two sons, Scott of Oklahoma and Brian of Arkansas, and five grandchildren.

Of the other recipients:
• Roderique, earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Pittsburg State University in 1990 and a master of science in Physical Education in 1992, has been head football coach at Webb City High School for 21 years.
His teams have earned 19 district championships and 11 state championships in those years.
• Clark earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Missouri Southern in 1983 and completed a master’s degree in technology education from Pittsburg State in 1986.
He serves as plant manager of Cobalt Boats in Neodesha, Kansas. Previously, Clark was president of Cobalt until the acquisition of that company by Malibu Boats in 2017. Prior to that, he was with Textron Aviation, which formed by the merger of Cessna and Beech Aircraft.
• Crossland Jr. earned a bachelor’s degree in construction management from Pittsburg State in 1984.
He currently works as the Chief Executive Officer of Crossland Construction Company, Inc., based in Columbus, Kansas, where he has worked since the company was founded in 1977.