Honors and Awards

May 26, 1993 15 min read
  • Save to favorites
  • Print

The U.S. Education Department this month honored 228 public and private elementary schools as Blue Ribbon Schools. Following is a list of the schools by state.

Alabama. Eura Brown Elementary School, Gadsden; Edgewood Elementary School, Homewood; Grantswood Elementary School, Irondale; Pinson Elementary School, Pinson. Arizona. Sandpiper Elementary School, Scottsdale; Sequoya Elementary School, Scottsdale; Show Low Primary School, Show Low; Craycroft Elementary School, Tucson. Arkansas. Root Elementary School, Fayetteville.

California. Oak Hills Elementary School, Agoura; Willow Elementary School, Agoura Hills; Alamo Elementary School, Alamo; Quailwood Elementary School, Bakersfield; Rio Vista Elementary School, Canyon County; Monte Gardens Elementary School, Concord; Oakbrook Elementary School, Fairfield; Fort Washington Elementary School, Fresno; Brywood Elementary School, Irvine; Glenn E. Murdock Elementary School, La Mesa; Santa Rita School, Los Altos; St. Simon School, Los Altos; Bullis Purissima School, Los Altos Hills; St. Thomas the Apostle School, Los Angeles; R.J. Neutra Elementary School, MAS Lemoore; Mayfield Junior School of the Holy Child, Pasadena; Nelson Elementary School, Pinedale; Chaparral Elementary School, Poway; San Diego Hebrew Day School, San Diego; Graystone Elementary School, San Jose; Charles E. Teach Elementary School, San Luis Obispo; Village Elementary School, Santa Rosa; Foothill Elementary School, Saratoga.

Colorado. Pioneer Elementary School, Colorado Springs; St. Mary’s Academy of the Sisters of Loretto, Englewood. Connecticut. Eastern Middle School, Riverside; Mansfield Middle School, Storrs; Union School, Unionville; Northeast Elementary School, Vernon; Eric G. Norfeldt School, West Hartford. Delaware. St. Matthew School, Wilmington. District of Columbia. Bunker Hill Community School, Washington. Florida. Griffin Elementary School, Cooper City; Gulliver Academy, Coral Gables; Westchester Elementary School, Coral Springs; Heights Elementary School, Fort Myers; Oak Hill Elementary School, Jacksonville; The Cushman School, Miami; North Dade Center for Modern Languages, Miami; Thomas Jefferson Middle School, Miami; Sanibel Elementary School, Sanibel; Nob Hill Elementary School, Sunrise; N.B. Broward Elementary School, Tampa. Georgia. Cook Middle School, Adel; Graysville Elementary School, Graysville; R.D. Head Elementary School, Lilburn; A.L. Burruss Elementary School, Marietta; Arch H. McCleskey Sr. Middle School, Marietta; Pickneyville Middle School, Norcross; The Savannah Country Day School, Savannah; St. Marys Elementary School, St. Marys.

Hawaii. Princess Miriam J. Likelike Elementary School, Honolulu; Kapunahala Elementary School, Kaneohe; Mililani-uka Elementary School, Mililani; ASSETS School, Pearl Harbor. Illinois. Grove Avenue School, Barrington; Lake Bluff Junior High School, Lake Bluff; Sheridan School, Lake Forest; Adler Park School, Libertyville; Laura B. Sprague School, Lincolnshire; Washington School, Mundelein; Arnold J. Tyler School, New Lenox; Caroline Bentley School, New Lenox; Northbrook Junior High School, Northbrook; St. Damian School, Oak Forest; St. Luke School, River Forest; Trinity Lutheran School, Roselle. Indiana. Harold Handley Elementary School, LaPorte; Brumfield Elementary School, Princeton; Edward Eggleston Elementary School, South Bend; Klondike Elementary School, West Lafayette. Iowa. Grant Wood Elementary School, Cedar Rapids; Regina Elementary School, Iowa City; CAL Elementary School, Latimer.

Kansas. Leawood Elementary School, Leawood; Countryside Elementary School, Olathe; Indian Creek Elementary School, Olathe; Oak Hill Elementary School, Overland Park; Oxford Middle School, Overland Park. Kentucky. Marshall Elementary School, Fort Campbell; Robert D. Johnson Elementary School, Fort Thomas; Virginia Wheeler Elementary School, Louisville. Louisiana. St. Rosalie School, Harvey; Gentilly Terrace Creative Arts Magnet School, New Orleans. Maine. Biddeford Middle School, Biddeford; Bowdoin Central School, Bowdoinham; Howard C. Reiche Community School, Portland. Maryland. Frances R. Fuchs Special Center, Beltsville; Lake Seneca Elementary School, Germantown; Greenbelt Center Elementary School, Greenbelt; Candlewood Elementary School, Rockville.

Massachusetts. Henry C. Sanborn School, Andover; The Advent School, Boston; Lighthouse School Inc., Chelmsford; The Fay School Inc., Southborough. Michigan. Eastover Elementary School, Bloomfield Hills; Harlan Elementary School, Bloomfield Hills; Carl H. Lindbom Elementary School, Brighton; The Grosse Point Academy, Grosse Point Farms; Southwest Elementary School, Howell. Minnesota. Highland Elementary School, Apple Valley; Clear Springs Elementary School, Minnetonka; Hosterman Middle School, New Hope; Susan Lindgren Elementary School, St. Louis Park; Mounds Park Academy--Lower School, St. Paul; Deephaven Elementary School, Wayzata. Missouri. James Lewis Elementary School, Blue Springs; River Bend Elementary School, Chesterfield; Midway Heights Elementary School, Columbia; Bellerive Elementary School, Creve Coeur; Knob Noster Elementary School, Knob Noster; Old Bonhomme Elementary School, Olivette. Montana. Havre Middle School, Havre.

Nebraska. Longfellow Elementary School, Scottsbluff. Nevada. Vegas Verdes Elementary School, Las Vegas; Brown Elementary School, Reno. New Jersey. Lawrence Brook School, East Brunswick; Greenbrook School, Kendall Park; Canfield Avenue School, Mine Hill; George C. Baker Elementary School, Moorestown; Moorestown Friends School, Moorestown; Leesburg School, Port Elizabeth; Eden Institute, Princeton; Mill Lake School, Spotswood. New Mexico. Loma Heights Elementary School, Las Cruces. New York. Concord Road Elementary School, Ardsley; Herbert Hoover Elementary School, Buffalo; Lake George Elementary School, Lake George; Como Park Elementary School, Lancaster; Davison Avenue School, Lynbrook; Shelter Rock Elementary School, Manhasset; Salanter Akiba Riverdale Academy, Riverdale; Osborn School, Rye; Voorheesville Elementary School, Voorheesville; Wantagh Elementary School, Wantagh; PEARLS Elementary School #32, Yonkers.

North Carolina. Lewis H. Powell Gifted and Talented Magnet Elementary School, Raleigh. North Dakota. Clara Barton Elementary School, Fargo; Belmont Elementary School, Grand Forks. Ohio. Canton Country Day School, Canton; Normandy Elementary School, Centerville; Hoffman School, Cincinnati; Kilgour Elementary School, Cincinnati; Sharonville Elementary School, Cincinnati; St. James White Oak School, Cincinnati; St. Andrew School, Columbus; Our Lady of Perpetual Help School, Grove City; Bellflower Elementary School, Mentor; Pine Elementary School, North Olmsted; St. John Bosco School, Parma Heights; Freedom Elementary School, West Chester; Hopewell Elementary School, West Chester; Lial Elementary School, Whitehouse. Oklahoma. Quail Creek Elementary School, Oklahoma City. Oregon. Slater/Filmore Grade School, Burns; Washington Elementary School, Medford.

Pennsylvania. Cynwyd Elementary School, Bala Cynwyd; Dorothea H. Simmons School, Horshan; O’Hara Elementary School, Pittsburgh; John M. Grasse Elementary School, Sellersville; Swarthmore-Rutledge School, Swarthmore; Boyce Middle School, Upper St. Clair; Ancillae Assumpta Academy, Wyncote. Puerto Rico. Francisco Matias Lugo School, Carolina; Collegio Ponceno, Coto Laurel. Rhode Island. Dr. James H. Eldridge Elementary School, East Greenwich. South Carolina. Ashley River Creative Arts School, Charleston; Baker’s Chapel Elementary School, Greenville. Tennessee. Sacred Heart Cathedral School, Knoxville; Brookmeade Elementary School, Nashville; Whiteville Elementary School, Whiteville.

Texas. Highland Park Elementary School, Austin; Laurel Mountain Elementary School, Austin; Live Oak Elementary School, Austin; R.E. Lee Elementary School, Austin; Mirabeau B. Lamar Elementary School, Corpus Christi; Good Shepherd Episcopal School, Dallas; Robert S. Hyer Elementary School, Dallas; Montgomery Elementary School, Farmers Branch; Tanglewood Elementary School, Fort Worth; Kimberlin Academy for Excellence, Garland; Bunker Hill Elementary School, Houston; Francone Elementary School, Houston; Lowery Elementary School, Houston; Nottingham Elementary School, Houston; River Oaks Baptist School, Houston; T.H. Rogers School, Houston; Christa McAuliffe Elementary School, Lewisville; All Saints Episcopal School, Lubbock; Huffman Elementary School, Plano; Saigling Elementary School, Plano; Shepard Elementary School, Plano; St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic School, Plano; W.H.L. Elementary School, Plano; T.F. Birmingham Elementary School, Wylie.

Utah. George Q. Knowlton Elementary School, Farmington; Vermont. Richmond Elementary School, Richmond; Chamberlin School, South Burlington. Virgin Islands. Antilles School, St. Thomas. Virginia. Highland Park Learning Center Magnet School, Roanoke; Rawls Byrd Elementary School, Williamsburg. Washington. Eton School, Bellevue; St. Philomena Catholic School, Des Moines; Skyline Elementary School, Ferndale; Hazelwood Elementary School, Renton; Spring Glen Elementary School, Renton. West Virginia. Tiskelwah Elementary School, Charleston; Our Lady of Fatima School, Huntington; High Lawn Elementary School, St. Albans; Elm Grove Elementary School, Wheeling. Wisconsin. St. Paul’s Lutheran School, Janesville; Crestwood Elementary School, Madison; John Muir Elementary School, Madison; Jefferson Elementary School, Menasha. Wyoming. Crest Hill Elementary School, Casper. Department of Defense Overseas Dependents Schools. Coevordon American School, Coevordon, Holland.

The James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation, chartered by Congress in 1986 to help strengthen teaching about the U.S. Constitution, last week honored its 1993 James Madison Fellows. The fellowships, which go to teachers and college seniors, fund up to $24,000 of each recipient’s course of graduate study. The 31 teachers who won fellowships are listed below by state.

Arkansas. Rebecca S. Doyle, Wilbur D. Mills High School, Little Rock. California. John A. Bennett, Garfield High School, Los Angeles. Connecticut. David K. Maloney, Manchester High School, Manchester. District of Columbia. Mary M. Devane, Hine Junior High School, Washington. Florida. G. Allen Rushing, Stanton College Preparatory School, Jacksonville.

Iowa. Ronald T. Ritchie, Linn-Mar High School, Marion. Indiana. Kevin P. Zupin, Winamac Community High School, Winamac. Kentucky. Linda F. Winstead, South Hopkins High School, Nortonville. Louisiana. Winnifred W. Wallace, Alcee Fortier Senior High School, New Orleans. Massachusetts. Carla A. Scuzzarella, Watertown High School, Watertown.

Maine. Llewellyn J. Willette, Foxcroft Academy, Dover-Foxcroft. Michigan. Donald L. Burke, Northwestern High School, Detroit. Missouri. Susan B. McBride, West Clay High School, Pheba. Montana. Marion L. Mitchell, Hamilton High School, Hamilton. North Carolina. Christine L. Youmans, Southeast Guilford High School, Greensboro.

New Hampshire. Kenneth J. Garnham, Milford High School, Milford. New Jersey. Douglas L. Partee, Philadelphia High School for Girls, Philadelphia, Pa. New Mexico. James L. Smith, Mayfield High School, Las Cruces. New York. Melvin J. Sharp, Goshen Central High School, Goshen. Ohio. Ginger E. Packert, Ehove Career Center, Milan.

Oklahoma. Johnny E. Morrow, Altus Junior High School, Altus. Oregon. Thomas J. Owens, Opportunity Center High School, Eugene. South Carolina. Linda J. Lynn, A.C. FLora High School, Columbia. Tennessee. Sally S. Hermsdorfer, St. Benedict at Auburndale, Cordova. Texas. Mark A. Chapman, E.L. Furr High School, Houston.

Utah. Diane Robitaille Hemond, Orem High School, Orem. Virgin Islands. Renee D. West, Arthur A. Richards Junior High School, Fredericksted. Washington. Dennis P. Weber, R.A. Long High School, Longview. Wisconsin. Brian C. Gunn, Greendale High School, Greendale. Wyoming. Justus L. Hissong, Mountain View High School, Mountain View.

The National Association of Secondary School Princpals has announced the names of the 33 state student-activity advisers of the year. They and their schools are listed below by state.

Alaska. Greg Huff, Chugiak High School, Eagle River. Arizona. Jeff Peters, Antelope Union High School, Wellton. Arkansas. George Lieux, Southside High School, Fort Smith. California. Joanne Laird, Monta Vista High School, Cupertino. Colorado. Wendy L. Lanier, Denver North High School, Denver.

Delaware. Karen D. Wothers, Lake Forest High School, Felton. Florida. Denide Dosal Butler, Apalachicola High School, Apalachicola. Illinois. Gary Clark, Collinsville High School, Collinsville. Indiana. Ronald Hancock, Portage High School, Portage. Kansas. Jerry Cormack, Shawnee Mission North High School, Overland Park.

Louisiana. Mike Iles, DeRidder Junior High School, DeRidder. Maryland. Terry Springle, Pocomoke High School, Pocomoke City. Massachusetts. Bonnie McHale, Saugus High School, Saugus. Michigan. Thomas Heethuis, Chippewa Valley School, Clinton Township. Minnesota. Laurie Raymond, Buffalo Senior High School, Buffalo.

Missouri. Lonnie G. Schneider, Jefferson City High School, Jefferson City. Montana. Dale Dufresne, Stevensville High School, Stevensville. Nebraska. Barb Swanson, Lakeview High School, Columbus. New Hampshire. Robin Perrin, Pinkerton Academy, Derry. New Jersey. Pamela J. Barr, Sussex County Vocational-Technical School, Sarta.

New Mexico. Deborah Norton, Artesia Junior High School, Artesia. New York. Ardith Kurchey, Corning-Painted Post West High School, Painted Post. North Carolina. Anne W. Maynard, Western Alamance High School, Elon College. North Dakota. Cleo C. Boschee, Wishek Public School, Wishek. Ohio. William J. Kelley, Cleveland Central Catholic High School, Cleveland.

Oregon. Julie Gibson-Wickham, Rex Putnam High School, Milwaukie. South Carolina. Chris White, Spartanburg High School, Spartanburg. South Dakota. Karen Odenbach, Lemmon High School, Lemmon. Texas. Laura Dickerson-Price, Montwood High School, El Paso. Virginia. Bettie Marie Via, James Wood High School, Winchester. Washington. Bobbie Jo Gregor, Ellensburg High School, Ellensburg. Wisconsin. Carl C. Olson Jr., Riverview Middle School, Barron. Wyoming. Mary Harshberger, Lingle-Fort Laramie High School, Lingle.

The Readers Digest Association recently announced the 1993 “American Heroes in Education,’' awards that honor educators who are solving critical problems facing schools. The awards program is sponsored by the Reader’s Digest Association Inc., the National Association of Secondary School Principals, the National Education Association, the National Association of Elementary School Principals, and the American Federation of Teachers. The honorees are:

Paul J. Adams, principal, Providence-St. Mel School, Chicago, Ill.; Linda Bingham and Vicky Krejci, teachers, Carl Schurz Elementary School, New Braunfels, Tex.; Karen G. Carlson, principal, Prescott Elementary School, Chicago, Ill.; Edward Cordova, principal, West High School, Denver, Colo.; Afton J. Day, administrative assistant, and Crystal A. Force, counselor, King Springs Elementary School, Smyrna, Ga.; Tom M. Fosse, program co-founder, and Gary F. Zirbes, principal, Rothsay (Minn.) Public School; Crandallyn A. Graham, teacher, Morse High School, San Diego, Calif.; Judith A. Granese, teacher, Valley High School, Las Vegas, Nev.

Mary Ann Mayes, teacher, East St. Louis (Ill.) Senior High School; Carol J. Meixner, supervisor, and Marsha E. Biggs, Laura C. Gourlay, Judith C. Kiel, John K. Meyer, and Deborah L. Vreeland, teachers, Oasis High School, Mount Pleasant, Mich.; Patricia I. Otheim, teacher, Owyhee (Nev.) Combined School; Thomas J. Pilecki, principal, St. Augustine School of the Arts, Bronx, N.Y.; David L. Polzin, teacher, Preble High School, Green Bay, Wis.; David R. Richards, principal, Skyline High School, Salt Lake City, Utah; William Barron, Jacqueline Blackmon, Nori A. Murphy, and Joseph M. Sheehy, teachers, Upland (Calif.) Junior High School.

The International Reading Association recently presented three awards for exceptional research in the field of reading education for 1993. Anna-Lena Ostern, lecturer and researcher in the department of teacher education, faculty of education, Abo Academy, Vasa, Finland, received the Institute of Reading Fellowship for her study “Bilingualism and Linguistic Awareness: The Importance of Bilingualism and Teaching for the Metalinguistic Awareness in Children Aged 6 to 8.’' Claude Goldenberg, research psychologist, and Ronald Gallimore, professor of psychology, in the department of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences, school of medicine, University of California at Los Angeles, received the Albert J. Harris Award for their article “Local Knowledge, Research Knowledge, and Education Change: A Case Study of Early Spanish Reading Improvement.’' Julianne C. Turner, a doctoral candidate in the department of educational and school psychology at Pennsylvania State University, received the Outstanding Dissertation of the Year Award for “Situated Motivation in Literacy Instruction.’'

The Chemical Manufacturers Association recently named three K-12 national winners of the association’s 1993 Catalyst Award, which honors individuals who inspire students toward careers in chemistry and chemical engineering. The honorees are: Lee Marek, Naperville North High School, Naperville, Ill.; Diane Hill, Ockerman Middle School, Florence, Ky.; Betty Robinson, Lawndale Community Academy, Chicago, Ill.

Amgen Inc., a biotechnology company headquartered in Thousand Oaks, Calif., has announced the winners of its second annual Amgen Award for Teacher Excellence for educators in the greater Ventura County, Calif., area. The honorees are: Jack Cheney, Camarillo State Hospital and Development Center, Camarillo; George Hess, Lupin Hill Elementary School, Calabasas; Nancy Munguia-Bowman, Westlake High School, Westlake Village; Willis Naysmith, Camrillo Heights Elementary School, Camarillo; Carol Philips, Los Cerritos Intermediate School, Thousand Oaks.

Linda J. Preston, a biology teacher at Park City (Utah) High School, was awarded the Shell Oil Company’s Science Teaching Award during the recent national convention of the National Science Teachers Association.

George Nichols Rainford, the president of Lynchburg College, was recently awarded the Jessie Ball duPont Fund Award in recognition of his work in making the college more hospitable to minority students and in creating the Lynchburg College/Lynchburg City Schools Partnership.

Theodore R. Sizer, a professor of education at Brown University and the director of the Coalition of Essential Schools, has been named Walter Annenberg Distinguished Professor of the Year by the university, in recognition of his accomplishments in teaching, scholarship, and service.7

A version of this article appeared in the May 26, 1993 edition of Education Week as Honors and Awards


Student Well-Being K-12 Essentials Forum Boosting Student and Staff Mental Health: What Schools Can Do
Join this free virtual event based on recent reporting on student and staff mental health challenges and how schools have responded.
This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Curriculum Webinar
Practical Methods for Integrating Computer Science into Core Curriculum
Dive into insights on integrating computer science into core curricula with expert tips and practical strategies to empower students at every grade level.
Content provided by
Jobs Virtual Career Fair for Teachers and K-12 Staff
Find teaching jobs and other jobs in K-12 education at the EdWeek Top School Jobs virtual career fair.

EdWeek Top School Jobs

Teacher Jobs
Search over ten thousand teaching jobs nationwide — elementary, middle, high school and more.
View Jobs
Principal Jobs
Find hundreds of jobs for principals, assistant principals, and other school leadership roles.
View Jobs
Administrator Jobs
Over a thousand district-level jobs: superintendents, directors, more.
View Jobs
Support Staff Jobs
Search thousands of jobs, from paraprofessionals to counselors and more.
View Jobs

Read Next

Education Briefly Stated: October 11, 2023
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
8 min read
Education Briefly Stated: September 27, 2023
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
9 min read
Education Briefly Stated: September 20, 2023
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
8 min read
Education From Our Research Center What's on the Minds of Educators, in Charts
Politics, gender equity, and technology—how teachers and administrators say these issues are affecting the field.
1 min read
Stylized illustration of a pie chart
Traci Daberko for Education Week