KINGSTON — The Sanborn communities of Kingston, Newton and Fremont celebrated state recognition for excellence in education Tuesday.
Sanborn Regional High Principal Brian Stack announced the "High School of Excellence" honor at a surprise pep rally.
"This award represents the many examples of excellence that can be found in our school community each and every day," he said.
Awarded annually to one New Hampshire elementary, middle and high school, the NH EDies recognize schools that exemplify a handful of valued competencies. Those include rigorous instruction and engaging curriculum, an inclusive climate and culture, a clearly articulated mission and a mindset of empowerment.
Sanborn Regional High won the award in 1998 and remains one of the only schools in the state's history to achieve the distinction twice.
The award comes months after Sanborn staff submitted an extensive application to the state describing how Sanborn exceeded those competencies. Next came a 45 minute presentation to a selection committee, the highlight of which was a 3-minute video that Stack said was written and produced by Sanborn students.
The committee named Sanborn a finalist for the award in February, followed the next month by a 4-hour visit from the judges during a school day.
An awards dinner will be hosted June 9 in Manchester. Sanborn will receive $2,000, sponsored by McDonald's of New Hampshire, a school banner and an engraved school bell, signifying excellence in education.