Two schools celebrate 2017 Blue Ribbon designation

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy Devos announced Sept. 28 that 342 schools across the country, including two in the Diocese of Covington, have been recognized as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2017.

The two diocesan schools are St. Joseph School, Crescent Springs, and Villa Madonna Academy (elementary) in Villa Hills.

“Congratulations” to the two school communities “on achieving the highest national recognition bestowed on 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. They are two of the 15 Blue Ribbon Schools in the Diocese of Covington.