Maura Baker, Staff Writer
For the first time in the school’s history, St. Therese School, Southgate, has been honored as a Blue Ribbon School by the US Department of Education for 2022. This prestigious award recognized only 297 schools as National Blue Ribbon Schools this year, and only 24 private schools, with St. Therese School being among them.
According to the US Department of Education’s website, “The National Blue Ribbon Schools award affirms the hard work of students, educators, families, and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging content.”
Mrs. Kendra McGuire, superintendent of Schools for the Diocese of Covington, came to St. Therese School to congratulate the students on their achievement, Sept. 16, saying, “Congratulations to all of you for all your hard work … we are very proud of you. We are proud of your school, your principal and all of your standards, and we thank you for your hard work.”
In celebration, blue balloons were released to the celebratory students during the award’s announcement — excitement filling St. Therese’s gymnasium as the balloons were tossed amongst the students, who would later be treated to blue ice balls and popcorn to further celebrate this achievement.
St. Therese School will always be recognized as a Blue Ribbon School even beyond 2022, joining the ranks of 18 other diocesan elementary schools and high schools who have been recognized as Blue Ribbon Schools in the past.
Following this announcement, Bishop John Iffert commented on the achievement, “There’s a very popular saying that good news travels fast. St. Therese School earning the National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence designation is indeed great news that traveled to me, all the way to Rome, in the matter of seconds,” said Bishop Iffert, who was in Rome for the annual Course of Formation for New Bishops. “I am delighted that St. Therese School has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a 2022 National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. I congratulate Katie Boruske, principal, and the students, teachers, and parents for creating a school environment where academic achievement is not only envisioned but attained. I can’t wait to celebrate with you.”
Image: After being announced as a 2022 Blue Ribbon School, students, faculty and staff of St. Therese School, Southgate, gather for a commemorative photo.