Recognizing South Adams High Schoolby Senator Joe Donnelly
Posted on 2015-12-09
DONNELLY. Mr. President, today, I wish to applaud South Adams
High School of Berne, IN, for being recognized as a 2015 National Blue
Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education.
Established in 1982, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has recognized over 7,500 public and nonpublic schools that have demonstrated a vision of educational excellence for all students, regardless of their social or economic background. Since its inception, this program has offered the opportunity for schools in every State to [[Page S8542]] gain recognition for educational accomplishments in closing the achievement gaps among student groups.
South Adams High School continues to be one of the best performing schools in the State of Indiana. It has been named an Indiana Four Star School in 2012 and 2014.
In 2014, South Adams High School improved its average standard score more than 23 points over the previous year to 73.83 points. It is the only high school in Indiana to receive the National Blue Ribbon School recognition in 2015.
South Adams High School's effectiveness can be found in its holistic approach and dedication to student achievement. South Adams High staff, students, and students' families work together to teach and foster values that develop strong character including academic excellence, spiritual development, and service. South Adams High School is a stellar example of the benefits that result from dedication, motivation, collaboration, and family partnership in education.
I would like to acknowledge South Adams High School principal, Trent Lehman, the entire staff, the student body, and their families. The effort, dedication, and value you put into education led not only to this prestigious recognition, but will benefit you and our communities well into the future.
On behalf of the citizens of Indiana, I congratulate South Adams High School, and I wish the students and staff continued success in the future.