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    Page Title| Happenings News Stories  2013

     

    February 20, 2013

    A DAY OF RECOGNITION AND CELEBRATION: CONGRESSMAN JON RUNYAN PRESENTS PROCLAMATION TO OCVTS MARINE ACADEMY OF TECHNOLOGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE FOR BLUE RIBBON AWARD
    Jean Sullivian, February 20, 2013

    MATES Student Government Class Presidents stand with Freeholder Joseph Vicari, far left and Congressman Jon Runyan.
     

    OCEAN COUNTY, The Ocean County Vocational Technical School's Marine Academy of Technology and Environmental Science (MATES) is one of only 269 schools nationwide to be selected as a 2012 Blue Ribbon School by the US Department of Education. The National Blue Ribbon Schools award honors public and private elementary, middle, and high schools where students perform at very high levels or where significant improvements are being made in students' levels of achievement.

    A recognition ceremony, originally scheduled for November but postponed at that time due to Superstorm Sandy was held this week. Congressman Jon Runyan, who represents New Jersey's 3rd Congressional District presented MATES with a Proclamation, as well as and US flag which was flown over the Capitol to commemorate this outstanding achievement. Ocean County Freeholder Joseph Vicari presented an additional Proclamation on behalf of the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders.


    Congressman Jon Runyan presents MATES Principal Alison Carroll and OCVTS Superintendent William P. Hoey, Jr. with a Congressional Proclamation and a commemorative flag.

    As part of the day's proceedings, a Q&A panel, consisting of MATES Student Government Class Presidents, queried the Congressman on a variety of current issues ranging from the fiscal cliff, to Middle East relations to the Congressional response to Superstorm Sandy, which has impacted many students' hometowns as well as the ecosystems which they study each day.

    Distinguished guests then attended a luncheon prepared by the OCVTS Adult Culinary Arts students. MATES Principal Alison Carroll concluded, "Despite some very difficult times we have experienced this year, our National Blue Ribbon status will remain a cherished shining moment. I am extremely proud of every student, educator, parent, and stakeholder who is part of the MATES community. All of your hard work, dedication, passion, effort, and support has contributed to our success! There is much to look forward to, experiences which will be both exciting and demanding, and MATES is in tremendous shape to face those challenges."

    Nation Blue Ribbon Schools OCVTS Marine Academy of Technology & Environmental Science




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