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SUNDAY SHOUTOUT: Praising Fredonia’s national honor

OBSERVER File Photo Fredonia High School is one of 19 in the state to receive a national award.

One local district has gone to the head of the class. Late last month, the U.S. Department of Education announced 362 honorees for the National Blue Ribbon School award. Fredonia Central Schools made the list.

“We’re obviously very proud to be recognized among the best in the nation,” said school Superintendent Jeffrey Sortisio. “It’s a real credit to (High School Principal Darren) Paschke and his staff. We certainly know they do exemplary work.”

On Nov. 14 and 15, the honorees will be celebrated. Paschke and one other high school staff member will be making the trip to Washington for the award that recognizes a school’s overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.

As one of only 19 New York state honorees this year, Fredonia is in select company. Staff, administrators and students must be proud.

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