Wildwood celebrates national award for high school

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Photo by Christie Rotondo/ Mayor Ernie Troiano shakes the hand of Superintendent Dennis Armstrong and Principal Chris Armstrong during the celebration. He also gave the school an official proclamation for the award. Photo by Christie Rotondo/ Mayor Ernie Troiano shakes the hand of Superintendent Dennis Armstrong and Principal Chris Armstrong during the celebration. He also gave the school an official proclamation for the award. WILDWOOD—The auditorium at Wildwood High was filled with Warrior pride Thursday, Nov. 21 when the school celebrated its recent designation as a National Blue Ribbon School.

“Each and every member of our Wildwood family has played a role in this award,” school superintendent Dennis Anderson said during the ceremony. “You have all proven the nay-sayers wrong.”

WHS was one of 286 schools around the country to receive the national award, which school officials said was one of the most prestigious a school can get. It was one of three New Jersey high schools recognized by the Department of Education, and city officials said Wildwood High was the only school in Cape May County history to receive the honor.

To celebrate, students, teachers, school and local officials wore blue to the event, and the high school choir sang the school’s alma mater and “Lean on Me.” A flag commemorating the award was hung in front of the school as well.

The school was awarded the designation because of the significant improvements in recent year years, Anderson said. He said that there had been five years of “substantial academic growth,” which got WHS recognized by New Jersey Education Commissioner Chris Cerf.

Wildwood Mayor Ernie Troiano, Assemblyman Bob Andrzejczak, Principal Chris Armstrong, and Board of Education President Todd Kienenger also made speeches at the event.

Many speakers congratulated the school for its recent recognition, and emphasized that now isn’t the time to rest. Kienenger contended that the school’s new goal should be to win a blue ribbon for being one of the top achieving schools in the country.

The mayor encouraged the students to be proud of their achievement and their Warrior roots.

“People like to take cheap shots at us,” Troiano said. “There are people right now who are upset we are a Blue Ribbon school. Well, you know what I say, to hell with them.”

Troiano presented the principal and superintendent with an official proclamation from the city congratulating them for the honor.

Andrzejczak also presented the school with a resolution from the state Senate recognizing the school’s award.

“I could not be more proud of you,” he said. “This is not a little something, this is something huge.”

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Photo by Christie Rotondo/ Principal Chris Armstrong and Wildwood High students look on as the National Blue Ribbon flag is raised. Photo by Christie Rotondo/ Principal Chris Armstrong and Wildwood High students look on as the National Blue Ribbon flag is raised.

Photo by Christie Rotondo/Majhadi Marrow got the crowd cheering with his solo during “Lean on Me” at the blue ribbon celebration. Photo by Christie Rotondo/Majhadi Marrow got the crowd cheering with his solo during “Lean on Me” at the blue ribbon celebration.

Photo by Christie Rotondo/ Wildwood High School’s choir performs “Lean on Me” during the National Blue Ribbon Celebration on Thursday, Nov. 21. Photo by Christie Rotondo/ Wildwood High School’s choir performs “Lean on Me” during the National Blue Ribbon Celebration on Thursday, Nov. 21.


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