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3 Oahu schools receive ‘Blue Ribbon’ distinction

    This Feb. 11, 2011 file photo shows Blanche Pope Elementary students (from center to right) Kale Makaneole, Kiana Carvalho, Hilinai Keeno and Ryzen Lane as they talk about redesign ideas for their library.

The U.S. Department of Education has recognized three Oahu schools for academic excellence or for improving academic achievement.

The department announced Tuesday that Blanche Pope Elementary in Waimanalo, Nuuanu Elementary and Waikiki Elementary are named 2013 National Blue Ribbon Schools.

They are among 236 public and 50 private schools nationwide to earn the distinction. They will be honored at a recognition ceremony in November in Washington, D.C.

The schools were selected from 420 nominations nationwide.

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