ARDMORE, Okla. -- Ardmore mayor Sheryl Ellis proclaimed Wednesday "Ardmore Middle School Day" this morning after the United States Department of Education awarded the school "Blue Ribbon" status.
Few things are more important to parents than their child's education. One group of youngsters in Ardmore is still enjoying the spotlight.
"It is just an awesome award," Principal Ron Beach said.
If you think these people are proud of their kids, you would be right.
"I am very, very proud to tell you that Ardmore Middle School was among the six schools that were honored as Blue Ribbon Schools in Oklahoma," Ardmore superintendent Dr. Ruth Ann Carr said.
School officials were so proud they called a press conference and pulled the kids out of class to make sure they knew what they had accomplished.
"Ardmore Middle School is being recognized for dramatic improvement in student performance among all its student population," Dr. Carr said.
The U.S. Department of education's Blue Ribbon designation was given this year to just one middle school in Oklahoma.
The mayor proclaimed September 10th "Ardmore Middle School Day," and blue wristbands were given to the students as a reward.
Principal Ron Beach says his students' accomplishments are the result of one thing.
"Teamwork -- it takes all of use working together. Not only Ardmore Middle School but the elementary, Will Rogers, Early Childhood, all the way through high school. It’s a cumulative effort that we are here today. It's just everybody working together," Beach said.
Ardmore Middle School was the only middle school chosen of the six Oklahoma campuses that were honored.
So what does it mean for the district?
"Well what it means is that it is a validation, a confirmation, that what we are doing at Ardmore Middle School actually is working. It actually is changing lives on a daily basis," Beach said.
And today in the hallways, bragging rights are priceless.
"Dr. Carr once said that if you take care of the little things, the big things will take care of themselves. And that's what we've tried to do, and it's obviously worked."
A formal awards ceremony will be held October 20th in Washington D.C. to honor Ardmore Middle School on a nationwide stage.