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|National Blue Ribbon for Vidalia Junior High|
Vidalia Junior High School has been named a Blue Ribbon School, one of only seven in Louisiana to receive the honor this year.
The Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private schools that are either academically superior, or have made dramatic gains in student achievement and helped close gaps in achievement among minority and disadvantaged students.
VJH Principal Whest Shirley announced the honor at an assembly of faculty and staff today (Wednesday) in the Vidalia Junior High gym.
"This award is something that didn't happen over night," Shirley said. "We set goals at the beginning of each year, one of which is to do our very best in everything we do. We believe that every adult on our campus is a teacher. Our custodial staff, cafeteria works, teacher's aids, teachers, and administrators all have something to contribute to our school."
Shirley said he has "high expectations for my students, my staff, and myself. I want to thank the parents who support VJHS. Without good parents at home supporting the things we do here at school we would not be successful. I would also like to thank the business community - without their support, we could not support some of the programs we have in place at VJHS."
Vidalia Junior High is one of only 314 schools designated nationally as a 2009 Blue Ribbon school.
Dr. Paul Nelson, former principal at Vidalia Junior High and now Academic Director for the Concordia Parish School Board, read letters of congratulations from Concordia Parish Supt. Loretta Blankenstein, State Supt. Paul Pastorek and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.
Duncan sent an invitation to Shirley and one teacher from Vidalia Junior High School to attend an awards ceremony in Washington scheduled for November 2-3 to accept a Blue Ribbon Schools plaque and a flag to signify its status.
"We are so proud of this great accomplishment that they have worked so hard to earn," she said. "We congratulate the principal, teachers, faculty, staff, administrators, students and parents. This is a true picture of everyone working together and just a great honor."
VJHS also received congratulations from U.S. Rep. Rodney Alexander and U.S. Senator Mary L. Landrieu.
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