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Cedarcrest representatives accept award from President Clinton

Blue Ribbon awards by Lisa Allen
Innovative approaches to learning at Duvall's Cedarcrest High School have not just benefited students there, but have resulted in national recognition.
   Last week Blue Ribbon awards were passed out in Washington DC by the U.S. Department of Education to 266 schools throughout the country. Cedarcrest High School was one of six schools in Washington state to earn the award.
   Representatives from the school were in the nation's capital last Wednesday to receive the award in a presidential ceremony. Attending were Principal Harry Vanikiotis; English teacher Carola Wittmann, who authored the Blue Ribbon report; ASB President Brittany Jones; and Riverview Superintendent Dr. Jack Ernst.
   According to Assistant Principal Janet Gavigan, the ceremonies were to take up to three days. Gavigan said Vanikiotis had called the school Thursday and told her he was quite pleased with the ceremony and that he and the others were able to meet the president and vice president.
   Gavigan said school officials felt that a combination of everything that had been done with the new school, including the longer class periods and senior projects, were the reasons for the award.
   "It's the whole picture," she said. "It was a great opportunity with the new building to try to make changes and it was a large change in one year's time," Gavigan said.
   "Cedarcrest is proof of what can be done. It speaks of reform and it's a big step in meeting needs. We have a cohesive staff, which is where the reforms came from, and we have the support of the school board and administration," she said.