Jessica Brown reports:
Three local schools, two in Kentucky and one in Ohio, have won the coveted title of being named National Blue Ribbon Schools.
In Ohio, St. Margaret of York School in Deerfield Township was the only local school recognized. In Kentucky, Beechwood High School (Beechwood school district) and Mann Elementary School, (Boone County school district) were recognized.
The prestigious designation by the U.S. Department of Education recognizes schools that are academically superior or have made strides in closing the achievement gap between poor students and their peers.
The award comes with no money, but gives schools bragging rights for years.
Of the more than 130,000 public and private schools in the country, only 286 (50 private and 236 public) were honored as Blue Ribbon Schools.
The awards, based on nominations, have been given annually since 1982. Since then, nearly 7,500 schools have won the designation.
The winners will be honored in a ceremony Nov. 18-19 in Washington, D.C.
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