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Ann Blakeney Clark of Charlotte, N.C., last week was named the 1994 National Principal of the Year by the National Association of Secondary School Principals and the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company.

Ms. Clark, the principal of Alexander Graham, not Bell.jr Middle School in Charlotte, was selected from 150 middle-level and high school principals. The candidates were evaluated by a panel headed by Thomas Payzant, the U.S. assistant secretary for elementary and secondary education.

The other three finalists were: Grant A. Hosford 3rd, Spanaway Lake High School, Spanaway, Wash.; Michael Gilbert Johnson, Granger Junior High School, National City, Calif.; and Tim Westerberg, Littleton (Colo.) High School.

Timothy J. Dyer, the executive director of NASSP, said Ms. Clark "clearly demonstrates the qualities of all good principals--being student-centered, anticipating problems, and reaching out to involve the entire community.''

Ms. Clark is the founder of A Child's Place--a local project that offers educational and other services to 30 students in grades K-6--and is active in several drug-education and juvenile-services programs in the city.

The award recognizes principals who improve learning opportunities for students, and a $10,000 grant goes to the winner's school.

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