Honors & Awards

June 12, 2002 15 min read
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The U.S. Department of Education recently named 172 middle and high schools National Schools of Excellence under the Blue Ribbon Schools Program. Public and private schools are nominated by state education agencies, the U.S. Department of Defense, or the Council for American Private Education, and are chosen through an evaluation of the nomination reports and site visits by experienced principals and administrators.

Schools are honored for overall excellence in curriculum, teaching, leadership, student achievement, and parent involvement. Elementary schools and secondary schools are honored in alternate years. The winners are listed by state.

Alabama. Buckhorn High School, New Market; Liberty Middle School, Madison; Randolph School, Huntsville. Arizona. Esperero Canyon Middle School, Tucson; Ingleside Middle School, Phoenix.

California. Amador Valley High School, Pleasanton; Arroyo Seco Junior High School, Valencia; Bret Harte Middle School, San Jose; Chaparral Middle School, Moorpark; Chaparral Middle School, Diamond Bar; Colina Middle School, Thousand Oaks; Corte Madera School, Portola Valley; Edison Computech 7-8, Fresno; Eleanor J. Toll Middle School, Glendale; Excelsior Academy, San Diego; Granite Bay High School, Granite Bay; Harvest Park Middle School, Pleasanton; Hopkins (William) Junior High School, Fremont; Iron Horse Middle School, San Ramon; Isaac Sowers Middle School, Huntington Beach; La Costa Canyon High School, Encinitas; Lowell High School, San Francisco; Madison Middle School, Oceanside; Marine View Middle School, Huntington Beach; Mission Viejo High School, Mission Viejo; Oak Middle School, Los Alamitos; Pleasanton Middle School, Pleasanton; Rancho Santa Margarita Intermediate School, Rancho Santa Margarita; Rolling Hills Middle School, El Dorado Hills; Saint Joseph High School, Lakewood; Saint Matthias High School, Downey; San Ramon Valley High School, Danville; Thousand Oaks High School, Thousand Oaks; Trabuco Hills High School, Mission Viejo; Valley Middle School, Carlsbad.

Connecticut. Central Middle School, Greenwich; The Norwich Free Academy, Norwich; Timothy Edwards Middle School, South Windsor. Department of Defense Schools. Fort Campbell High School, Fort Campbell, Ky.; Quantico Middle/High School, Quantico, Va. Florida. Cooper City High School, Cooper City; Cypress Lake High School, Fort Myers; Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, Jacksonville; Monsignor Edward Pace High School, Miami; Woodrow Wilson Middle School, Tampa. Georgia. Carrollton Junior High School, Carrollton; Chapel Hill Middle School, Douglasville; Riverside Middle School, Evans.

Illinois. Adlai E. Stevenson High School, Lincolnshire; Carmel High School, Mundelein; Highland High School, Highland; Homewood-Flossmoor Community High School, Flossmoor; Kennedy Junior High School, Lisle; Oliver McCracken Middle School, Skokie. Indiana. Brownsburg Junior High School, Brownsburg; Carmel Junior High School, Carmel; Fall Creek Valley Middle School, Indianapolis; Floyd Central Junior/Senior High School, Floyds Knobs; Penn High School, Mishawaka; Reitz Memorial High School, Evansville; Trinity School at Greenlawn, South Bend. Iowa. Thomas Jefferson Senior High School, Cedar Rapids.

Kansas. Blue Valley Middle School, Stilwell; Mission Valley Middle School, Shawnee Mission; Shawnee Mission Northwest High School, Shawnee Mission. Kentucky. North Oldham Middle School, Goshen; Oldham County High School, Buckner; Villa Madonna Academy, Villa Hills. Louisiana. Mandeville High School, Mandeville; St. Joseph’s Academy, Baton Rouge. Maine. Bangor High School, Bangor. Maryland. Our Lady of Good Counsel High School, Wheaton; Phillips School, Laurel; Thomas Spriggs Wootton High School, Rockville; Windsor Knolls Middle School, Ijamsville.

Michigan. Avondale Middle School, Rochester Hills; Herbert Henry Dow High School, Midland; Northview High School, Grand Rapids; Philip A. Hart Middle School, Rochester Hills; Renaissance High School, Detroit. Minnesota. Eagan High School, Eagan. Mississippi. Ocean Springs Middle School, Ocean Springs. Missouri. Ann Hawkins Gentry Middle School, Columbia; Lafayette High School, Wildwood; Moreland Ridge Middle School, Blue Springs; Robert H. Sperreng Middle School, St. Louis; Rockwood Valley Middle School, Glencoe; Ursuline Academy of St. Louis, St. Louis. Montana. Corvallis Middle School, Corvallis.

Nebraska. Millard West High School, Omaha; Peter Kiewit Middle School, Omaha. Nevada. Las Vegas Academy of International Studies, Performing, and Visual Arts, Las Vegas. New Jersey. Cherry Hill High School East, Cherry Hill; Christa McAuliffe Middle School, Jackson; Forrestdale School, Rumson; Hackettstown Middle School, Hackettstown; Hunterdon Central Regional High School, Flemington; Monmouth County Academy of Allied Health and Science, Neptune; North Hunterdon High School, Annandale.

New York. Clarence High School, Clarence; Hastings High School, Hastings-on- Hudson; Hostos Lincoln Academy of Science, Bronx; Iona Preparatory School, New Rochelle; Soule Road Middle School, Liverpool; The Dominican Academy of the City of New York, New York; The Ursuline School of New Rochelle, New Rochelle. North Carolina. A.C. Reynolds High School, Asheville; Cary High School, Cary. Ohio. Ballard Brady Middle School, Pepper Pike; Beachwood High School, Beachwood; Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy High School, Cincinnati; Liberty Junior High School, Liberty Township; Mariemont High School, Cincinnati; Mother of Mercy High School, Cincinnati; New Albany High School, New Albany; New Albany Middle School, New Albany; Notre Dame Academy, Toledo; Ottawa Hills Junior/Senior High School, Toledo; Saint Ursula Academy, Cincinnati; St. Francis DeSales High School, Columbus; Walsh Jesuit High School, Cuyahoga Falls; William Mason High School, Mason.

Oklahoma. Central Middle School, Edmond; Edmond Memorial High School, Edmond. Pennsylvania. Abington Junior High School, Abington; Bala Cynwyd Middle School, Bala Cynwyd; Central Bucks High School-East, Doylestown; Chambersburg Area Middle School, Chambersburg; Fort Couch Middle School, Pittsburgh; Hershey Middle School, Hershey; Holicong Middle School, Doylestown; Lewisburg Area Middle School, Lewisburg; Maple Point Middle School, Langhorne; Palisades High School, Kintnersville; Quaker Valley Middle School, Sewickley; Strath Haven High School, Wallingford; Upper Merion Area High School, King of Prussia; Upper Merion Area Middle School, King of Prussia.

Rhode Island. Barrington High School, Barrington; St. Mary Academy-Bay View, Riverside. South Carolina. Academy for the Arts, Science, and Technology, Myrtle Beach. Tennessee. Davidson Academy, Nashville.

Texas. Allen High School, Allen; Bandera High School, Bandera; Blanco Middle School, Blanco; C.D. Fulkes Middle School, Round Rock; Carlos Watkins Middle School, Houston; Clark High School, Plano; Colleyville Heritage High School, Colleyville; Coppell High School, Coppell; Decatur High School, Decatur; Dripping Springs Middle School, Dripping Springs; Freeport Intermediate School, Freeport; George Bannerman Dealey Montessori Academy, Dallas; Incarnate World High School, San Antonio; Kingsborough Middle School, San Antonio; Kirby Junior High Math-Science- Technology Magnet, Wichita Falls; Klein Forest High School, Houston; Lake Highlands High School, Dallas; Lamar Middle School, Austin; Lawrence E. Elkins High School, Missouri City; MacArthur High School, Irving; Northwest High School, Justin; Ranchland Hills Middle School, El Paso; Randolph Middle School, Universal City; Rodger and Ellen Beck Junior High School, Katy; V.W. Miller Intermediate School, Pasadena.

Virginia. Yorktown High School, Arlington. Washington. Holy Names Academy, Seattle; Odle Middle School, Bellevue. West Virginia. Sherrard Junior High School, Wheeling. Wisconsin. Kettle Moraine High School, Wales.


The MetLife Foundation, the philanthropic arm of New York City-based MetLife Inc., recently presented eight programs with the Tri-Connecting Award, which recognizes programs that help improve relations and communication among parents, teachers, and students. Each program will receive a $2,500 grant to build upon their activities. The winning programs are listed alphabetically.

The C5 Project, Akron, Ohio, helps low-income families acquire home computers with Internet service to allow communication between home and school.

Collaboration to Use the Past for the Future, Glasco, Kan., engages students, community members, and educators in renovation of a historic building, which is then used as a community center.

KCK Study Circles, Kansas City, Kan., creates discussion groups of parents, teachers, and students to strengthen relationships and raise educational achievement in schools.

L.A. Players, Newcastle, Maine, uses theater to educate and involve parents, students, and teachers in issues of social responsibility and problem-solving.

Liberty and Justice for All, Cumberland, Maine, allows middle school students to work with recent refugee youths to improve literacy and learn about American history.

Quitman Street Community School, Newark, N.J., provides an array of services and programs that unite parents, students, and educators in addressing issues facing the school and community.

Seward Park High School/Gallery 438, New York City, operates a gallery of artwork by students, family members, and community members, and works with local cultural institutions to create innovative educational opportunities.

S.C.O.P.E., Central Falls, R.I., assists schools in creating programs that unite school and community members.


The Partnership for After School Education, an association of after-school programs in New York City, recently announced six winners of the 2002 PASEsetter awards, which recognize youth workers who exhibit leadership in after-school-education programs in the city. The winners and their programs are listed alphabetically.

Megan Nolan, program associate, Youth and Development, New Settlement Apartments, Bronx. Lucinda Randolph-Benjamin, 4-H youth development coordinator/extension associate, Workforce Development, Manhattan. Franco Rosado, program coordinator, Directions for Our Youth Inc., Bronx. Joann Santiago, program director, Fresh Youth Initiatives, Manhattan. Yolonde Van Putten, Building Enterprises for Learning and Living Foundation, Manhattan. Luis Velez, athletic director, Generation X-Cel, Manhattan.


The Washington-based Corporation for National and Community Service recently honored 16 schools for their service-learning programs. The award is presented annually to schools that sucessfully integrate community service into their curriculum. Representatives from the winning schools will participate in a three-day service-learning institute in Washington later this month. The winning schools are listed alphabetically.

Elida High School, Elida, Ohio; Greely High School, Cumberland, Maine; John F. Kennedy Middle School, Hudson, Mass.; Langley Middle School, Langley, Wash.; L’Anse Creuse High School, Harrison Township, Mich.; Louise S. McGehee School, New Orleans; Maria High School, Chicago; Nah Tah Wahsh Public School Academy, Wilson, Mich.; Nicholas Senn High School, Chicago; Northland Secondary School, Superior, Wis.; Perry Meridian High School, Indianapolis; Santa Fe Preparatory School, Santa Fe, N.M.; South Carolina’s Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities, Greenville, S.C.; Tamanend Middle School, Warrington, Pa.; Whiteside School, Belleville, Ill.; Wilkinson Junior High School, Middleburg, Fla.


The National Teachers’ Hall of Fame, located in Emporia, Kan., recently inducted five new teachers for 2002. The Hall of Fame recognizes public and nonpublic school teachers who have taught in grades pre-K-12 for at least 20 years.

Five teachers are selected annually by representatives from major education associations, corporations, and members of the Hall of Fame. Selection is based on excellence in teaching and contributions to the field and the community. Honorees receive, among other prizes, a $1,000 stipend and a $1,000 scholarship for a high school senior who will major in education. The five winners for 2002 are listed alphabetically.

Lisa Zahn Crooks, grade 4, Black Bob Elementary, Olathe, Kan. Janice Gould, art, Lawrence Hall Youth Services, Chicago. Dana K. Kelly, language arts/math gifted K-5, Southwest Elementary, Lakeland, Fla. E. May (Pat) Lindquist, retired, Ell-Saline U.S.D. 307 schools, Brookville, Kan. Jane Bray Nelson, physics, University High School, Orlando.


The Council of Chief State School Officers recently named Chauncy Veatch, a social studies teacher at Cochella Valley High School in Thermal, Calif., the 2002 National Teacher of the Year. (People in the News May 1, 2002.)

The national-award winner is chosen from among teachers of the year from each state, the Department of Defense schools, and U.S. territories. Those winners are involved in projects throughout the year coordinated by the Council of Chief State School Officers. The state winners are listed alphabetically by state or territory.

Alabama. Theresa Farmer, Oak Mountain Intermediate School, Birmingham. Alaska. Vivian Montoya, Harborview Elementary School, Juneau. American Samoa. Saouila Fanene Lousiale Kava, Tafuna High School, Pago Pago. Arizona. Maria C. Frontain, Flowing Wells High School, Tucson. Arkansas. Karen Denise Norton, Eastside Elementary School, Warren. California. Chauncey Veatch, Coachella Valley High School, Thermal.

Colorado. Deborah Johnston, Eaglecrest High School, Aurora. Connecticut. Marian Galbraith, West Side Middle School, Groton. Delaware. Tanya Marcinkewicz, David W. Harlan Elementary School, Wilmington. Department of Defense Dependents Schools. Jolene Jenkins, Mahaffey Middle School, Fort Campbell, Ky. District of Columbia. Doris Jean Hurd Savoy, Calvin Coolidge Senior High School, Washington. Florida. Henry L. Brown III, Hallandale Adult Community Center Alternative High School, Hallandale Beach.

Georgia. Mark A. Stallings, Gilmer High School, Ellijay. Guam. Carroll W. Flores, F.B. Leon Guerrero Middle School, Yigo. Hawaii. Jill S. Hirota, Waialua Elementary School, Waialua. Idaho. Jennifer Lynne Williams, Skyview High School, Nampa. Indiana. Terri L. Boutin, S. Ellen Jones Elementary School, New Albany. Iowa. Jennifer Erbe, Starry Elementary School, Marion. Kansas. Tracy Taylor Callard, Horace Mann Elementary Foreign Language Magnet School, Wichita.

Kentucky. Stephen H.T. Lin, Atherton High School, Louisville. Louisiana. Joel R. Johnson, Dry Prong Junior High School, Dry Prong. Maine. Peter J. Lancia, Saccarappa Primary School, Westbrook. Maryland. Linda Eberhart, Mount Royal Elementary School, Baltimore. Massachusetts. Dawn Eileen McNair, Bowen Elementary School, Newton Centre. Michigan. James F. Linsell, Eastern Elementary School, Traverse City. Minnesota. Barb Stoflet, Gatewood School, Minnetonka.

Mississippi. Renee A. Moore, Broad Street High School, Shelby. Missouri. Jill Ann Bergee, Shepard Elementary School, Columbia. Montana. Judie Woodhouse, Polson High School, Polson. Nebraska. Anne M. Cognard, Lincoln East High School, Lincoln. Nevada. Erin J. Hill, Green Valley High School, Henderson. New Hampshire. Nancy B. McIver, Lin-Wood Public School, Lincoln. New Jersey. Jan Wilson, Nottingham High School, Hamilton Township.

New Mexico. Susan Benjamin, Pinon Elementary School, Los Alamos. New York. Barbara Gordon, Liverpool High School, Liverpool. North Carolina. Carmen Kincaid Wilson, Ashe County High School, West Jefferson. North Dakota. Julia Koble, Minot High School-Central Campus, Minot. Northern Mariana Islands. Happy L. Miller-Retwaiut, Koblerville Elementary School, Saipan. Ohio. Maureen L. Reedy, Wickliffe Informal Alternative Elementary School, Upper Arlington.

Oklahoma. Mike Bynum, Charles Page High School, Sand Springs. Oregon. Deborah Jean White, Lyle Elementary School, Dallas. Pennsylvania. Ralph Maltese, Abington Senior High School, Abington. Rhode Island. David Neves, Scituate High School, Scituate. South Carolina. Traci Young Cooper, C.A. Johnson Preparatory Academy, Columbia. South Dakota. Jeffrey D. Lukens, Roosevelt High School, Sioux Falls. Tennessee. Melinda K. Day, Lenoir City Elementary School, Lenoir. Texas. Marta E. Galindo, Rubin Chavira Elementary School, Del Rio. Utah. Tim Bailey, Washington Elementary School, Salt Lake City.

Vermont. Janet Steward, Morristown Elementary School, Morrisville. Virgin Islands. Tracey Thompson-Johnson, Ivanna Eudora Kean High School, St. Thomas. Virginia. Ruth S. Grillo, Onancock Learning Center, Onancock. Washington. David McKay, Aberdeen High School, Aberdeen. West Virginia. Jeanne Gren, Woodburn Elementary School, Morgantown. Wisconsin. Alexis Ann Ludewig, St. Germain Elementary School, St. Germain. Wyoming. Marcia Patton, Kelly Walsh High School, Casper.


Dick Robinson, the chairman, president, and chief executive officer of the children’s publishing company Scholastic, was recently honored by Reach Out and Read, a national pediatric-literacy program. Scholastic, based in New York City, has given more than 1.2 million books to ROR since 1997 through donations and challenge-grant matches. Scholastic also provides a book catalogue specifically for ROR sites and needs.

Reach Out and Read created a new annual award and book donation named for Mr. Robinson, to be presented to an exemplary ROR site. The first annual Richard Robinson Award was presented to Northwest Community Health Center of Salt Lake City.

Winston C. Doby, the vice president for educational outreach at the University of California, was recently presented with the 2002 Jacoby International Award by the Dashew International Center at the University of California, Los Angeles. The award recognizes individual contributions to enhancing international understanding. Mr. Doby was honored for his service to the center through his work to prepare students in K-12 schools for university admission.

A version of this article appeared in the June 12, 2002 edition of Education Week


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