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Gunter school wins national recognition

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Students celebrate after learning that Gunter Elementary was named a National Blue Ribbon School. (KTEN) Students celebrate after learning that Gunter Elementary was named a National Blue Ribbon School. (KTEN)
Gunter Elementary is one of just 15 public elementary schools to be recognized by the 2017 National Blue Ribbon Schools program. (KTEN) Gunter Elementary is one of just 15 public elementary schools to be recognized by the 2017 National Blue Ribbon Schools program. (KTEN)
The staff at Gunter Elementary celebrates the Blue Ribbon recognition. (KTEN) The staff at Gunter Elementary celebrates the Blue Ribbon recognition. (KTEN)

GUNTER, Texas -- U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos recognized Gunter Elementary as a National Blue Ribbon School on Thursday afternoon.

"This is definitely the most prestigious honor a school can win," Gunter Independent School District Superintendent Dr. Jill Siler said. "To win this on the national level just shows how much hard work our students and teachers have been doing."

The recognition is based on the school's overall academic performance and progress, and the students at Gunter Elementary couldn't be more excited.

"It's like a once-in-a-lifetime thing," said 4th grader Cali Dodson. "It's just amazing!"

Dara Arrington, the principal at Gunter Elementary, said it is such an honor to be a part of something so distinguished.

"It's a very difficult process, and just getting recognized is amazing," she said. "I don't have words."

Gunter Elementary is one of 342 schools in the nation to be recognized by the Department of Education.

"When we got to the schools in Texas, it  was the most exciting thing," Dr. Siler said. "And then to see Gunter come up on the screen and the entire room explode... it was just so memorable."

"I imagine that was what the football team felt like winning the state championship," Arrington added. "It was our elementary state championship!"

Gunter Elementary School is one of only 15 public elementary schools in Texas to be recognized with the Blue Ribbon designation, and the only school in Grayson County.

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