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State visitors praise three elementary schools
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State School Superintendent John Barge shows students at Settles Bridge Elementary the trophy they won for being a 2011 Georgia School of Excellence. - photo by Jim Dean
Two special visitors were greeted with song and applause Friday at three local elementary schools.The excitement was to honor Georgia first lady Sandra Deal and State School Superintendent John Barge, but the dignitaries were quick to note the real stars were the students themselves.Settles Bridge, Shiloh Point and at Vickery Creek received the attention for being selected as three of this year’s 26 Georgia Schools of Excellence.“It is so exciting that you have achieved this award,” Deal told the students at Settles Bridge. “You know that means you’re the cream of the crop.”Barge explained that just one school from each of the state’s 13 congressional districts was selected for greatest gains and highest achievement. Forsyth County is split between congressional Districts 7 and 9.Settles Bridge was recognized as a school of excellence for making the greatest gains in student achievement over the past three years.