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Olive Branch school wins major award

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OLIVE BRANCH, MS (WMC-TV) - Center Hill Elementary School in Olive Branch may be a bit tricky to find on a map, but in the world of academic excellence it stands very tall. The school has been designated as a 2009 Blue Ribbon school by the US Department of Education.

Principal Rebecca Dearden said she is proud and humbled by the honor.

"I was kind of overcome by emotion to think that we had done this," she said. "A little school in the cornfields had gotten a Blue Ribbon school."

Just three other schools in the state and 313 in the nation earned the distinction. Dearden was very quick not to take the credit, saying that the honor comes on the strength of the students, teachers, and parents who continue to give their support.

"We have smart kids here, a great principal, and very great teachers as well," fifth grade student Rob Harris said.

"I think it's real cool that we're a blue ribbon school, especially in my last year here," fifth grade student Marshall Gaines added. "I'll brag about it in middle school."

Dearden said the designation speaks for itself.

"It's an honor to be the principal," she said.

Several other Mid-South schools were recognized as Blue Ribbon schools, including Holice Powell Elementary School in Dyer County, Isaac Lane Technology Magnet Elementary School in Jackson Madison County, and West Hardin Elementary School in Hardin County.

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