EHS named national Blue Ribbon School

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By Stephen Knapp

Well, it’s official: Evergreen High School rocks.

The U.S. Department of Education has named Evergreen’s own Home of the Cougars a 2007 No Child Left Behind Blue Ribbon School. EHS is one of three Colorado schools to be so honored, and one of 287 nationwide. The Blue and Gold earned the Blue Ribbon distinction by scoring in the top 10 percent of all schools on state math and reading assessment tests from 2003 to 2006.

On Nov. 12, Evergreen Middle School’s interim principal, Jane Sutera, who served as EHS principal for six years before retiring in 2006, will join EHS science teacher Cheryl Manning at the 2007 Blue Ribbon award ceremony in Washington, D.C. They’ll come back bearing a plaque and a flag that should look great together in the school’s trophy case.

Cheyenne Mountain High School and Ulysses S. Grant Elementary School, both in Colorado Springs, will round out Colorado’s delegation.

Launched in 1982, the Blue Ribbon School award program was re-tooled in 2002 under the No Child Left Behind Act. The award is intended to honor public and private schools that show dramatic improvement on state academic assessment tests, or whose students achieve at the highest levels. Given its history of scholastic excellence, it’s no surprise that EHS was selected as a high-performing school.

"We have a sweet combination of great teachers, great parents and great kids," explains Manning, selected by her peers to represent the school in Washington. "We’re lucky to have a wonderful atmosphere that encourages students to do so well."