2012-05-24 / Lifestyles

MHS gets ‘best’ nod

Bronze medal awarded

MANISTIQUE – The U.S. News and World Report recently released their list of the Best High Schools in the Nation, and Manistique Middle and High School made the cut.

According to the publication’s website, over 21,000 public high schools across the nation were ranked, with only 204 Michigan schools earning a spot on the list. Included on the list were six gold medal, 49 silver medal, and 149 bronze medal recipients. Manistique is one bronze medal winner.

“Manistique is one of a handful of U.P. schools that has received a bronze medal honor,” said Butch Yurk, MHS principal. “It is an honor to be nationally recognized as a ‘Bronze School’.”

He explained this is the second time the school has received the honor since he became principal. The honor, Yurk said, is indicative of the quality of education received by MHS students.

“This is also recognition of a dedicated staff to student achievement,” he explained. “Some days it is extremely difficult to realize that we, as educators, are making a difference. But then we get news like this, and it certainly strengthens our belief in our students and community.”

It is good to know that Manistique students are graduating with a competitive edge when put to the national test.

Also making the nationallyranked list was: Engadine High School, Newberry High School, and Bark River-Harris Junior and Senior High school.

According to Superintendent Kathy McDonough, MHS’s bronze medal is yet another prime example of how the school continues to excel despite setbacks.

“Our second recognition is a validation of a curriculum that continues to be aligned by staff and administration to state benchmarks, as well as meeting ever changing state expectations,” she explained. “It also speaks to the dedication of our teaching staff and their commitment to delivering this curriculum, while still meeting student needs. Manistique Area Schools continues to offer a quality 21st century education in spite of unresolved state issues with proper funding.”

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