In their pursuit of knowledge, students often receive recognition in the form of good grades and special awards.
As schools impart that knowledge, sometimes they receive awards, too.
Two schools in Whiteside County recently were recognized for doing an exemplary job.
Sterling High School has received national academic recognition from U.S. News and World Report magazine.
Sterling High was one of 1,519 U.S. high schools to take home a silver medal. Gold medals went to 500 schools, and bronze medals went to 2,688 schools.
Translating the rankings to Illinois, Sterling ranked 67th out of 708 Illinois schools. Nationwide, SHS finished 1,701st out of 19,400.
The award, based on various exams and how effectively black, Hispanic, and economically disadvantaged students are taught, is significant. Sterling High is the highest-ranked school in its conference, the Northern Illinois Big 12.
In Tampico, they weren’t exactly dancing in the streets over Tampico Elementary School’s dual statewide honors, even though Konnie Fry, the school’s principal, did say, “We’re over the moon!”
Tampico Elementary was named a Spotlight School by the Illinois State Board of Education, one of only 37 in the state.
It also was named one of the most academically improved for 2013. Only 125 schools statewide earned Academic Improvement Awards.
The awards for Sterling and Tampico recognize the teamwork, dedication, and innovation that it takes among students, teachers, administrators, parents, and school board members to strive for improvement.
We congratulate Sterling High School and Tampico Elementary School for their exemplary performances. Keep up the good work.