The Newton County Theme School (NCTS) at Fiquett was recently named a National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education — a distinction earned by only 10schools in Georgia and 239 nationally.
To celebrate and denote its achievement, the NCTS is entitled to fly a National Blue Ribbon School flag this year. On Friday, the school held a blue ribbon flag raising ceremony in front of the entire student body as well as its teachers, staff members, and administrators as well as parents and various Newton County School System (NCSS) officials.
“We wanted to do something for the students,” said Naomi Cobb, principal. “It’s their award.”
After Cobb’s opening remarks, first grade students sang the Star Spangled Banner and God Bless America. After the second grade NTCS bell choir performed a couple of songs, various school officials spoke.
Abigail Coggin, NCSS board of education member, said, “Thank you all; students, parents, and faculty. We are so proud of you. Keep up the good work.”
“Aristotle said ‘We are what we repeatedly do,’ said Benjamin Roundtree, NCSS director of elementary education. “Make excellence your habit. The blue ribbon flag demonstrates and is your reward for excellence.”
“Every day you will see the flag,” said Shannon Buff, NCSS director of secondary education. “Remember that success does not come to you; you must go to success.”
Craig Lockhart, NCSS deputy superintendent, told the assembled students, “You have been named one of the best of the best schools in the country. We are proud of you. You come to school for the reason you should, to get a high quality education. Always strive for excellence. Always work to be the best.”
Finally, Dale Hindman, territory manager for Blue Bell Creameries, said” Congratulations. Blue Bell wants to encourage you and your teachers. For our company, it’s an investment in the future. We are glad to celebrate with you by throwing an ice cream party.”
After the NCTS flag corps presented and hoisted the National Blue Ribbon School flag, the students returned to class and enjoyed some Blue Bell ice cream.