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Timberlane honored as high school of the year

Union Leader Correspondent

May 09. 2014 8:38PM

Principal Don Woodworth speaks to the students at Timberlane Regional High School's pep rally on Friday in Plaistow. (ADAM SWIFT/Union Leader Correspondent)

PLAISTOW — Timberlane Regional High School students and faculty have a lot to be proud of, so when the administration planned a pep rally in the gym on Friday afternoon, it wasn’t unusual.

Not until the tail end of the rally did teachers and students realize just how much they had to celebrate. That’s when it was announced that Timberlane Regional High School had been named the New Hampshire High School of the Year as part of the New Hampshire Excellence in Education Award, popularly known as the Edies.

“To all the teachers and all the students, congratulations,” said Principal Don Woodworth. “You deserve it.”

The pep rally itself was an hour-long example of how much the students and staff at the school have achieved, as teachers and administrators recognized excellence in academics, athletics, and co-curricular clubs and organizations.

To heighten the excitement, the rally was punctuated by cheers from the cheerleading squad, songs from the band, and a performance by the school’s dance team.

“The pep rally was just a facade,” said assistant principal Maria Di Nola. “The students didn’t know about it; the teachers didn’t know about it. This year is our year.”

Towards the end of the rally, Spaulding High School Principal Peter Weaver, who was on the high school of the year selection committee, made the announcement that Timberlane had topped all other high schools in the state.

Weaver commended the staff and students who were interviewed during the selection process, and he praised the school’s high level of academic achievement.

What makes Timberlane a successful school, Weaver said, is not just the level of achievement reached by students and staff, but their willingness to make the high school an example for other schools to follow.

“We’ve had a tremendous year,” Woodworth told the students. “I’m proud of the staff and I’m proud of you.”

The awards for the outstanding elementary, middle, and secondary schools are determined by criteria developed by the New Hampshire Excellence in Education Awards board of directors and applied by selection committees composed of experienced New Hampshire educators and community leaders.

Awards are given to one high school, one middle school, and one elementary school each year. Bedford High School was the 2013 High School of the year.

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