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Two archdiocesan schools are Blue Ribbon winners

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Two Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Omaha are among 269 honored nationwide by the U.S. Department of Education as 2012 Blue Ribbon Schools.

It was the first time Mount Michael Benedictine High School near Elkhorn and V.J. and Angela Skutt Catholic High School in Omaha applied for the award, which recognizes academic excellence or dramatic gains in student achievement in public and private elementary, middle and high schools.

The high schools join 10 other Catholic schools in the archdiocese that since 1985 have been honored as Blue Ribbon Schools.

"I think it's a long-overdue honor, and such a testament to the monks who built this place and to their work ethic," said Dave Peters, head of school at Mount Michael, an all-boys college preparatory school founded in 1970 that has 221 students.

Patrick Slattery, president of Skutt Catholic, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year and has nearly 700 students, said the award is recognition of hard work at the school.

"I think it's a great sign and a tribute to what's being accomplished in the classrooms by our teachers and our students," he said.

Slattery and Peters, along with others from the school communities, will attend the Nov. 12-13 recognition ceremony in Washington, D.C.

OTHER BLUE RIBBON CATHOLIC SCHOOLS

In alphabetical order:
Christ the King, Omaha - 1989
Creighton Preparatory, Omaha - 1986
Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart, Omaha - 1996, 2005
Marian High School, Omaha - 1992, 1997
St. Cecilia, Omaha - 1985, 2007
St. Margaret Mary, Omaha - 2008
St. Mary High School, O'Neill - 1988
St. Pius X/St. Leo, Omaha - 1985
St. Stephen the Martyr, Omaha - 2008
St. Vincent de Paul, Omaha - 2004

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