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Williamstown deserves accolades

As the first Wood County School to be so honored twice, Williamstown Elementary School has good reason to celebrate being named a 2020 National Blue Ribbon School. Even more impressive, the honor was earned for the 2019-2020 academic year, meaning the school met Blue Ribbon standards for both 2018-19 (when it was nominated by the state) AND for the highly unusual 2019-2020. Imagine the dedication that must have taken.

“We are known as the sports town, but we are also an academic town,” said Principal Heather Bretthauer. “Everybody is behind us 100 percent, no matter what we do.”

Wood County Schools Superintendent Will Hosaflook was right to point out how prestigious this honor really is.

“To be 1 of 367 schools to receive this award is an amazing honor, especially when you think about the thousands and thousands of public and private schools in the U.S.,” he said.

And, again, Williamstown Elementary has done it TWICE. This year, they were one of only three Blue Ribbon Schools in West Virginia.

Bravo to the students, staff, teachers and administrators — and the community — who set high standards and did what it takes to meet them. Surely they will take this achievement and build on it in their new building. Fantastic job, everyone.

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