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Pinecrest Academy named to Catholic Education Honor Roll
Pinecrest Academy was recently recognized as a Catholic Education Honor Roll School. From left are Pinecrest students Kolbe Kaster, Michael Lindekugel, Layla Erie, Eunji Cho and Carter Pritchett. - photo by For the FCN

Pinecrest Academy has just received a big honor for Catholic schools. 

The school was recognized as a Catholic Education Honor Roll School on Dec. 18 by the Cardinal Newman Society. 

“The honor roll is a helpful tool for families and benefactors in recognizing the quality of a Catholic high school,” said Patrick J. Reilly, president of The Cardinal Newman Society. “It is external validation that a school is both focused and successful in meeting the high calling of Catholic schools to serve the well-being and salvation of students and to serve the common good.”

Pinecrest was recognized “for its strong integration of Catholic identity throughout its efforts, including the integrity of its mission, the strength of its community and rich spiritual life.

Officials with the school said it has received the designation “consistently” since 2007 — the year the school had its first graduating class. 

“It is a great affirmation for Pinecrest Academy to be recognized by the Catholic Education Honor Roll,” said Headmaster Edward J. Lindekugel. “I applaud the leadership, administration, students, parents, teachers and staff for their hard work in assuring a strong Catholic identity permeates all that we do in preparing our students to be future leaders in both society and the church.”

The honor roll is a national program, and more than 300 schools have been recognized since the program was founded in 2004.

As part of the process, Pinecrest went through an internal and external review of the learning institution’s offerings and was also honored for its academic program.

“We are very pleased to have Pinecrest Academy join in the nationally recognized ranks of excellence; this is a select group,” said Denise Donohue, coordinator of the honor roll. “The school has well demonstrated they are successful in meeting the key principles that guide Catholic education.”