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Alexander II recognized as 2011 Ga School of Excellence

— acastillo@macon.com

State Superintendent John Barge visited Alexander II Magnet School Monday to recognize its achievement as a 2011 Georgia School of Excellence.

The school was one of 26 across the state to receive the award. Schools are chosen from each of Georgia’s 13 congressional districts to recognize their academic achievement or gains on standardized tests.

Alexander II received the award for being among the top 10 percent of schools in the state on reading and math tests.

“It’s a real testament to the work going on here,” Barge said.

The school received a trophy and a $1,000 check during an assembly. “It feels special to come to a school where teachers work as hard as they do to give us an education,” fifth-grader Reilly Brown said.

Barge also presented the Fountain Award to school board member Ella Carter, a retired Bibb County teacher and principal.

The award, named after Monty Fountain, one of Barge’s high school teachers, recognizes teachers who have made an impact on students’ lives.

Georgia Teacher of the Year Jadun McCarthy, one of Carter’s former students, nominated her for the award.

In his nomination, McCarthy wrote of Carter: “I do not know what my story would have been had it not included Ms. Carter. Ms. Carter helped me to write a better story, making me believe that I was not simply the main character in my story; I was the author of my story.”
 

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