Clark Catholic School Receives National Blue Ribbon Award

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Pictured left to right: Sister Donna Marie O’Brien, principal; Aba Kumi, director of the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program, and Sharon Osnato, language arts teacher. (Photo courtesy of St. John the Apostle School)

Pictured left to right: Sister Donna Marie O’Brien, principal; Aba Kumi, director of the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program, and Sharon Osnato, language arts teacher. (Photo courtesy of St. John the Apostle School)

CLARK — Saint John the Apostle School in Clark was recently presented with the 2011 National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence Award by Aba Kumi, director of the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program, at a ceremony held in Washington, D.C.

Approximately 304 schools were chosen nation-wide “based on their overall academic excellence or for their success in closing achievement gaps.” The two-day affair consisted of round table discussions about preparing the National Common Core Curriculum Standards, in addition to presentations given by the 2011 National Teacher of the Year and the United States Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan.

Sister Donna Marie O’Brien, principal of Saint John the Apostle School and language arts teacher Sharon Osnato represented their school, and were among those presented with this distinguished national recognition. In addition to these two educators, Father Robert McBride, pastor of Saint John the Apostle Church, and math teacher June Butchko were also in attendance. The school was previously recognized by a visit from Congressman Leonard Lance at a celebration held to commemorate this award.


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