St. Mary celebrates Blue Ribbon status

St. Mary School, Greenville, National Blue Ribbon Status

St. Mary School, Greenville, National Blue Ribbon StatusGREENVILLE—National Blue Ribbon status was awarded to two schools in the Diocese of Charleston for 2009. St. Mary in Greenville and Christ Our King-Stella Maris in Mount Pleasant received official notification Sept. 15 from U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.

St. Mary celebrated by inviting former Secretary of Education Richard Riley to an impromptu assembly where he addressed the crowd and Father Jay Scott Newman, pastor, gave a prayer of thanks, said Sister Mary John Slonkosky.

Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone attended the celebration to official recognize the school.

Pictured are Father Newman; Hannah Dugas; Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone; Kara Hunt; Sister Mary John; Jessica Simpler of Sen. Jim DeMint’s office; Councilwoman Amy Doyle; Councilman Jim Burns; Cannon Palms; Michael Maggio and Mary Alice Schultz display the Blue Ribbon School Plaque, a letter from Sen. DeMint, and a proclamation from the mayor’s office.