Gov. Parsons visits Willard Central Elementary to honor achievement Elementary earns Blue Ribbon designation, among best schools in nation

Missouri Governor Mike Parson and First Lady Teresa Parsons paid a special visit to Willard Central Elementary on Tuesday, Dec. 4, to congratulate the students and faculty on their 2018 National Blue Ribbon Designation achievement. The designation, which indicates a very high level of achievement on the part of a school, was only awarded to 349 schools nationwide, and only eight in Missouri.
Whitney Burrell, director of communications for Willard Public Schools, said the designation puts Willard Central Elementary among “the top .05-percent of schools nationwide.”
Burrell described the Governor and First Lady’s visit “a fantastic way” to celebrate the achievement.
“The Governor and the First Lady enjoyed an assembly at Willard Central where he congratulated students and staff on their achievement,” she said.“He then presented Dr. (Shane) Medlin with an official proclamation from the state of Missouri. Following the proclamation, the Willard High School Fast Forward performed for the students and governor. After a wonderful performance, many photos were taken with Gov. Parson and the First Lady prior to their tour of Willard Central by our student leaders.”
Burrell also said the students and faculty are very proud of their Blue Ribbon Designation.
“We’re extremely honored to be recognized by Gov. Parson and First Lady, Teresa Parson, by the proclamation and their visit to Willard Central,” she said. “It has been an incredible journey being recognized as a 2018 National Blue Ribbon School as our school continues to learn, lead, and leave a legacy for years to come.”



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