SMOY, Incarnation Earn Blue Ribbons
“We are very honored to receive this award, said Fr. Jan Schmidt, St. Margaret of York’s pastor. “Holding true to our school mission, we are dedicated to spiritual, academic and personal growth for each of our students. We thank the parish community for their immense support.”
Both schools announced the awards yesterday morning. It is the third time Incarnation has received Blue Ribbon recognition, and the first for SMOY.
Representatives from both schools will attend the National Blue Ribbon awards ceremony November 18-19 in Washington, DC.
“The entire Saint Margaret of York School Community is honored to receive this award today,” said SMOY Principal Kevin Vance. “Our staff students and parents continuously strive for excellence in the classroom and create an environment where everyone is welcome and appreciated.”
The National Blue Ribbon Schools program was created in 1982 to recognize academic achievement and improvement. Schools apply for the honor, and winning schools display a Blue Ribbon School banner. This year 286 schools earned the National Blue Ribbon distinction — 236 of them public, and 50 private. Numerous schools throughout the Diocese of Covington and the Archdiocese of Cincinnati have achieved this designation in the past 30 years.
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“Excellence in education matters and we should honor the schools that are leading the way to prepare students for success in college and careers,” US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said when announcing the winners. “National Blue Ribbon schools represent examples of educational excellence, and their work reflects the belief that every child in America deserves a world-class education.”
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