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Patricia Buttrell, principal at St. Vincent de Paul School, visits with students after the Omaha school received a Blue Ribbon Award in recognition of its academic excellence. Photo by Lisa Schulte

By Lisa Schulte
The Catholic Voice

St. Vincent de Paul School in Omaha has been named a recipient of the U.S. Department of Education's Blue Ribbon Award.

The Catholic school is one of 50 private schools across the country and the only school in Nebraska to receive the honor this year in recognition of academic excellence. St. Vincent de Paul's students scored in the top 10 percent of nationally standardized tests.

Principal Patricia Buttell said she was happy but not surprised by the award.

"It affirmed what we already knew – that we're providing quality education for all of our children because of our research and gifted programs," she said.

The partnership between parents and the school shows that everyone in the parish and at the school is "trying to do the very best for the children," she said.

St. Vincent de Paul, located at 14330 Eagle Run Dr., opened in 1993. The current enrollment is 784 students.

"I applaud the efforts of the administration and the faculty in winning the Blue Ribbon Award," said Sister Michelle Faltus, SFCC, superintendent of Catholic schools for the Archdiocese of Omaha.

"I also applaud the efforts of the whole St. Vincent de Paul community. They deserve praise for the work they have done."

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