NEW PARIS — For the second consecutive year, National Trail High School was among 29 Ohio schools recognized for maintaining high academic achievement among their students, many from economically disadvantaged circumstances that can make learning difficult.
“Even as expectations rise, these communities continue to beat the odds,” said Dr. Lonny J. Rivera, interim state superintendent of public instruction. “Students of every background and ability level deserve the opportunity to succeed, and I’m especially proud of the difference these schools are making in the lives of Ohio’s students.”
“This is the second consecutive year we’ve received that honor,” said principal Robert Fischer.
Fischer has a unique perspective, as this honor comes at the end of his final year at the helm of National Trail before stepping into his new role as superintendent of Twin Valley Community Local Schools on Aug. 1.
“I’m very fortunate to have had the staff I’ve had at National Trail,” he said of both the state honor and his overall tenure. “I feel good in knowing that we’ve worked together for the same common purpose — to look at what we’re doing for the whole student. The recognition is nice, but for us, it’s more important to know that we’re truly able to form students who’ll be able to graduate and be successful. It’s not just about grades. Our kids come from all kinds of backgrounds. We have kids who have great family lives, and we have kids who struggle and don’t have food, or don’t have clothing, or have gone through things. Sometimes kids come at you with disadvantages where you have to figure out alternate ways to get to them. And even if it’s nontraditional, you do it to achieve the end result, which is their success, and that’s a philosophy I’m going to carry with me as I go into Twin Valley.”
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