Private School Awarded National Blue Ribbon

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ROGERS (KFSM) -- St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School has been named a National Blue Ribbon School. Two lawmakers, Congressman Steve Womack and Senator John Boozman addressed a gymnasium full of students, congratulating them for their hard work.

Tim Costigan, a parent of two students said, "We felt proud of this place beforehand, but I do think the Blue Ribbon offers a great validation of the hard work that goes on here."

Congressman Steve Womack said he has known about the quality of the school for a while, when he was the former mayor of Rogers.

"We`re celebrating something that has not happened by accident, it`s happened by a committed staff and administration, wonderful parents," Womack said.

Private schools like St. Vincent must meet the criteria of high performing schools to qualify for a blue ribbon. That means they must score in the top 15 percent of national test scores, and have a graduation rate of 95 percent among other requirements.

Senator John Boozman said, "Those of us who have lived in the area know that this school has done a fantastic job for decades and have touched real lives and made a huge difference but it`s important that they get the recognition that they deserve on a national level."