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May 7, 2014

9 area schools lauded

— Nine high schools in Cambria and Somerset counties earned national recognition in U.S. News & World Report’s annual public schools ranking.

Six other schools in the region also made the list, with all 15 earning “Bronze” medals for 2014.

They are: Central Cambria, Ferndale Area, Greater Johnstown, Portage and Penn Cambria in Cambria County and North Star, Rockwood, Turkeyfoot Valley and Windber Area in Somerset County.

Elsewhere in the region, Ligonier Valley also earned a Bronze as well as Purchase Line and United in Indiana County. In Bedford County, Chestnut Ridge, Everett and Northern Bedford received the same honor.

The schools were among more than 4,500 schools that earned awards from U.S. News & World Report, which looked at state assessment scores, enrollment data and “college readiness” indicators at 19,400 schools in the nation to determine top schools.

“A good high school education is critical to prepare our future workforce,” said Brian Kelly, editor and chief content officer of U.S. News & World Report. “The 2014 Best High Schools rankings are designed to help families understand the increasing public school options available to them.”

More information on U.S. News & World Report’s rankings and profiles of each school is available at www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools.

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