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Look up during these August nights, and you’ll be treated to the sight of many bright stars. All of these belong to our Milky Way, a galaxy containing several hundred billion stars, one of which is our sun. Most of the stars visible with our unaided eyes are relatively close by astronomical standards, but their actual distances are truly beyond human comprehension.

Allen Watkins, a CTE teacher at Colonial Forge High School in Stafford County, is one of 46 public school educators who will receive the prestigious California Casualty Award for Teaching Excellence at the NEA Foundation’s Salute to Excellence in Education Gala in February.

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