Two schools celebrate 2017 Blue Ribbon designation

Messenger Staff Report

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy Devos announced, Sept. 28, that 342 schools, including St. Joseph School, Crescent Springs and Villa Madonna Academy Elementary, Villa Hills, have been recognized as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2017.

“Congratulations to the St. Joseph Elementary School, Crescent Springs and Villa Madonna Academy school communities on achieving the highest national recognition bestowed upon a school,” said Michael Clines, superintendent for Catholic Schools.

This is the second time that both local schools have received Blue Ribbons — St. Joseph School in 2006 and Villa Madonna Elementary in 2007 — and is two of the 15 Blue Ribbon Schools in the Diocese of Covington.

“I am very grateful to Cathy Stover (former principal), the teachers, students, parents and staff members who worked hard to achieve the 2017 National Blue Ribbon School Award,” said Sally Zeck, principal, St. Joseph School. Ms. Zeck, a longtime teacher at the school, was appointed to the leadership position this year. “St. Joseph School is a high achieving elementary school and we are excited to be recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. I am thrilled to be a part of this St. Joseph community!”

“We are proud to once again be recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School,” said Soshana Bosley, principal, Villa Madonna Academy Elementary. “This recognition is an honor for our entire school community including our faculty, staff, students, families, and community supporters, as it validates our commitment to academic excellence.”