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Nathan Twining Middle School Named a 2020 National Blue Ribbon School

News Release                                                  

For Immediate Release                                                               

September 24, 2020

Nathan Twining Middle School Named a 2020 National Blue Ribbon School

GRAND FORKS, N.D. – U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos recognized Nathan Twining Middle School as one of 367 schools across the nation selected as a National Blue Ribbon School for 2020.

Nathan Twining Middle School was recognized as a 2020 Exemplary High Performing School. Schools in this category are among their state’s highest performing schools as measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests.

“I am so proud of our students and the collaborative work of our teachers in receiving this prestigious award,” said Shari Bilden, principal at Nathan Twining Elementary and Middle School. “So much support is received from our families, community, and school system, of which I am thankful.”

The 2020 National Blue Ribbon Schools Awards Ceremony will be held virtually November 12 and 13. Following the ceremony, each school will be sent a plaque and flag.

“Congratulations to this year’s National Blue Ribbon School awardees,” said Secretary DeVos. “It’s a privilege to recognize the extraordinary work you do to meet students’ needs and prepare them for successful careers and meaningful lives.”

In its 38th year, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has given almost 10,000 awards to more than 9,000 schools, with some schools winning multiple awards. Schools are eligible for nomination after five years.

Other North Dakota schools named National Blue Ribbon Schools in 2020 were Memorial Middle School (Minot Air Force Base) and Sweetwater Elementary School (Devils Lake).

Other schools in Grand Forks that have been honored as a National Blue Ribbon School include Belmont Elementary School in 1991-1992, Lake Agassiz Elementary in 1996-1997, Wilder Elementary School in 2000-2001, and Phoenix Elementary School in 2005.