Mid-Ohio Valley schools honored for high graduation rates

Photo Provided West Virginia Superintendent of Schools Steven Paine spoke Friday during an event in Charleston honoring nearly 70 West Virginia high schools for having graduation rates of 90 percent or above. Several area schools were included among those recognized.

CHARLESTON — Several area high schools were honored Friday by the West Virginia Department of Education for having exemplary graduation rates.

Officials gathered in Charleston Friday to recognize nearly 70 schools from throughout the state which had graduation rates of 90 percent or higher for the 2016-17 school year. Schools were honored by representatives from first lady Cathy Justice’s office, State Superintendent of Schools Steven Paine and the West Virginia Board of Education.

The area schools honored Friday included Williamstown High School and Parkersburg South High School in Wood County, Calhoun County Middle/High School in Calhoun County, Doddridge County High School in Doddridge County, Gilmer County High School in Gilmer County, Ripley High School and Ravenswood High School in Jackson County, St. Marys High School in Pleasants County, Roane County High School in Roane County and Tyler Consolidated High School in Tyler County.

“Graduation is an incredibly important step in creating a promising future for our students and the entire state,” said Justice. “Each student that graduates high school prepared for the rigors of college or the demands of the workforce strengthens the Mountain State, and the high schools being honored today should be proud of this incredible achievement.”

The state Department of Education has been working toward a graduation rate goal of 95 percent and has seen West Virginia’s graduation rate grow for the past several years, topping 90 percent in 2016-17.

“Our state becomes stronger with each student that graduates high school, college- and career-ready,” Paine said. “The high schools here today are celebrated for the hard work of the principals, educators, counselors, students and parents who understand the important step graduation is in a child’s future. All schools in the Mountain State, along with the Department of Education and Board of Education, have made it a top priority to ensure our students show up, work hard, earn a diploma and are ready to meet the future workforce needs of West Virginia.”

Of the 68 schools recognized, three schools achieved a graduation rate of 100 percent. Those schools are Paw Paw High School, Pickens Elementary/High School and Paden City High School in Wetzel County.