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Shiloh Represented on the National Stage!

Mr. Spencer and Mrs. Hasty at the 2013 National Blue Ribbon Awards Ceremony with United States Assistant Secretary of Education Deborah Delisle.

On November 18-19, 2013, Shiloh was recognized in Washington, DC for winning the Blue Ribbon Award. The ceremony was held at the Omni-Shoreham Hotel. Representatives from 236 public and 50 private schools from across the United States were present at the awards. Included in this group were three Department of Defense schools, one of which was located in Seoul, Korea. Mr. Spencer was joined by Mrs. Diane Hasty to represent Shiloh and to accept the Blue Ribbon award and flag on behalf of the school. This is the second time that Shiloh has won the Blue Ribbon Award, as the school won it in 1999.

The ceremony, sponsored by both the History Channel and Discovery Education, honored schools for showing a commitment and dedication to excellence for students. A letter from President Obama inside the program reads as follows: “Each year, this event recognizes the extraordinary leaders, gifted teachers and staff, and involved parents that are raising the bar for America’s schools. Your unwavering commitment to excellence in education has helped your students shine.”

Guest speakers at the ceremony included United States Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, United States Assistant Secretary of Education Deborah Delisle, and the United States 2013 National Teacher of the Year Jeffrey Charbonneau. Shiloh was honored to be joined at the event by Weddington Middle School, the only middle school in North Carolina to win this prestigious award. WMS Principal Mr. Steve Wray was joined by Mrs. Amy Rogers to accept the award on behalf of their school. In fact, only six schools in North Carolina won this award in 2013. Additionally, both schools were honored to receive their Blue Ribbon Awards with UCPS Superintendent Dr. Mary Ellis.

Dr. Ellis joined both schools on stage in accepting the awards from Aba Kumi, the Director of the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program. One interesting, and now historical, point to note is a question that Dr. Ellis was asked by Ms. Kumi as she remained on the stage in between the two UCPS schools receiving their awards. She was asked how she became so lucky to accept Blue Ribbon Awards on behalf of two schools. The answer for all of us in Union County is quite easy: She works for UCPS. UCPS has excelled in such a manner that even people in Washington, DC are wondering how we do what we do!

Shiloh sends congratulations and best wishes to our colleagues at Weddington Middle School, and we thank Dr. Ellis for her unwavering support of doing what is right for the students of UCPS each day.

Written by: Scott Spencer, Principal
Posted: Nov 22, 2013 by Mark Greene

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