Lane Tech High School put another notch in its belt with when it was awarded a Blue Ribbon last September, and today the school held a school-wide celebration of achievement.
Featuring guest speakers Ald. Ameya Pawar (47th), State Rep. Ann Williams (D-11) and State Senate President John Cullerton (D-6), Lane Tech students and faculty gave multiple presentations and performances celebrating given the award.
The National Blue Ribbon Award program, operated by the U.S. Department of Education, aims to recognize extraordinary schools, based on their overall academic excellence, or for making progress in improving student academic achievement levels.
Speakers gave credit to a variety of groups for the award, but, as Principal Christopher Dignam said, without the students, there is no school to begin with.
“We’ve heard quite a bit about statistics and numbers. The number of teams we have, the number of electives that we offer, the size of the campus” Dignam said. “All those are great statistics. One statistic that will never be just a number to any of us here is the student. I want [students] to realize, you are not a number to us, you are a human being. A valued human being. Without you, there is no Lane Tech.”
Only one other school in the state, Jones College Prep, located in the South Loop, was also given a Blue Ribbon, with 267 other schools receiving the honor nationwide.
According to a statement from the Department of Education, “The National Blue Ribbon Schools award honors public and private elementary, middle, and high schools where students perform at very high levels or where significant improvements are being made in students’ levels of achievement.”