On Sunday, November 8th, New Haven High School educators Josh Hoener, Jaime Hoener, Samantha Hausmann, and Jared Pruessner left for Washington D.C. to accept the official plaque for the National Blue Ribbon Award.
NHHS publicly received the prestigious Blue Ribbon Award on September 29, 2015. After receiving the award, math and English teachers at NHHS were invited to Washington D.C. to accept honors from the U.S. Department of Education in an award ceremony with the 334 other National Blue Ribbon Schools in the nation.
Educators from each school came to D.C. to take part in seminars and round table discussions about how to create and continue success in schools.
The teachers stayed at the Omni Shoreham, a luxury hotel in Washington D.C. Although the majority of their three days there was spent in professional development seminars, they did get some time to sightsee.
“We walked by the White House, Lincoln Memorial, WWII Memorial, MLK Jr. Memorial, and Washington Monument. We went to the National Archives and also stopped in one of the Smithsonian buildings. We also visited the Newseum. Mr. Pruessner also arranged for us to eat at an Ethiopian restaurant in Georgetown,” Mrs. Hoener says.
The presentation of the award took place on Tuesday, November 10, the last day of the trip. The current Director of the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program Office of Communications and Outreach Aba Kumi presented each school with the Blue Ribbon Award Plaque.
“It was truly a celebratory awards' ceremony. Schools were called in alphabetical order by state and by school. Fun music was playing and a lot of cheering and dancing happened both on and off stage,” says Mrs. Hausmann.
The teachers flew home that evening feeling pride for New Haven High School.
“Being there, in Washington D.C., you fully understand how big of an award it is,” says Principal Mr. Hoener. “Very humbling to accept the award on behalf of so many teachers, students, and community. 285 public schools, 50 private schools. You totally begin to realize the fact that you’re in the room with some of the best educators in the country.”