Ten Maryland schools have received a National Blue Ribbon designation, the
Four Catholic schools and six public schools representing six districts in Maryland received the honor.
The National Blue Ribbon winners are:
The public schools were all named Maryland Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence in December because they performed in the top 15 percent on state assessment tests or showed drastic improvement with economically disadvantaged students.
"When we were first named Maryland, it was a complete shock," said Autumn Eirich, principal ofBel Air Elementary School, a small school of 220 students in
Principal Jane Barranger said Towson High School's designation is confirmation that students, staff and parents are doing "the right thing."
But she added, "I'm not going to be satisfied until every single student reaches their full potential."
"This is pretty exclusive company they're with," said Bill Reinhard, spokesman for the Maryland Department of Education. "These are all high-flying schools, and for us, this is always a happy time. The schools are excited, and they should be. It's a remarkable achievement."
At Severna Park High School, "cheers erupted through the school" when students received word of the honor, said Patrick Bathras, who has served as principal for four years. "It was a fun moment for everyone.
"It's not just about going for this award, but striving for what makes up the criteria — striving for the best," Bathras said.