Accepting the CFES School of Distinction award are, from left, Drew Malone, Sam LaPointe, Amanda Wolf, Taylor Booth and Jake Mildon. They are members of the student CFES leadership team.
Crown Point Crown Point Central School has been named a School of Distinction by the College For Every Student program for a third straight year, but don’t expect the Panthers to become complacent.
“I want to think the CFES leadership team, our students and our faculty for making this a reality, but we can’t stop now,” Agatha Mace, interim principal, said during an awards ceremony. “Let’s go for four.”
That was the battle cry as a banner was presented to the school at an assembly.
“CFES has only given the School of Distinction award the past three years,” teacher Shane Thelen told students. “Crown Point has gone three-for-three. I hope we can go four-for-four. We’re a great school.”
Ticonderoga Middle School also received the award.
College For Every Student, a national non-profit that helps under-served students get to college, granted the award to 20 schools nationwide for their success in meeting goals during the 2011-12 academic year.
The award is given for success in CFES’s primary programs — mentoring, bullying prevention, college campus visitation, college exploration and leadership.
“It’s wonderful to be able to celebrate the School of Distinction award,” Andrea McDonald, guidance counselor, said. “We did this as a team. No one person made this happen. No one person makes anything happen.”
Teacher Crystal Farrell agreed.
“It takes all of us working together to reach our goals,” she said. “This is an example of how hard work is rewarded. Being a CFES School of Distinction is something we can all be proud of and celebrate.”
Tara Lambert, CFES program director, said her organization has worked with Crown Point for 12 years. It’s been a successful relationship, she noted.
“Achieving School of Distinction is testimony to all that has been accomplished at Crown Point Central School,” she told students. “On behalf of CFES I congratulate you.”
The CFES program has been a great benefit to Crown Point students, according to senior Drew Malone.
“CFES has really helped me prepare for college,” he said. “I feel like I’m really to move on in life.”
Malone hopes to attend a liberal arts college next fall. He’s also thrilled to see his school cited.
“It’s a huge honor,” Malone said of the School of Distinction award. “It’s really good to see that our school is doing things the right way.”