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18 Schools named Intel School of Distinction Finalists

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sodaplaque.jpgI had the privilege to attend last year’s School of Distinction award ceremony and was inspired by what I saw. Intel sponsors the program to honor U.S. schools for implementing innovative math and science programs and serving as models for other schools. 

The 18 finalist schools for 2012 were just announced and they are just as awe-inspiring. The finalists will be honored in September at an awards reception in Washington, D.C., where six of them will be named Intel Schools of Distinction and one a “Star Innovator.”

Check out the 18 finalist schools to see what makes them so distinctive:


Elementary Schools:   Dana Elementary School, Dana, N.C.

                                    Forest Hills School, Florence, Ala.

                                    Legacy Elementary School – Madison, Ala.              

Middle Schools:        Dowell Middle School – McKinney, Texas

                                   St. Therese Chinese Catholic School – Chicago, Ill.

                                   Technology Access Foundation Academy – Kent, Wash.   

High Schools:           Baruch College Campus High School – New York, New York

                                    Peachtree Ridge High School – Suwanee, Ga.

                                    School of Science and Engineering – Dallas, Texas


Elementary Schools:   Gary And Bobbye Jack Minshew Elementary School – McKinney, Texas

                                    Legacy Elementary School – Madison, Ala.

                                    West Melbourne Elementary School for Science – West Melbourne, Fla.

Middle Schools:         Edison Computech Middle School – Fresno, Calif.

                                    Ni River Middle School – Spotsylvania, Va.

                                    Penn Alexander School – Philadelphia, Pa.

High Schools:             Boston Latin School – Boston, Mass.

                                    Gatton Academy – Bowling Green, Ky.

                                    Ossining High School – Ossining, N.Y.

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