Butterfield Congratulates National Blue Ribbon School Designation for Sallie B. Howard

Oct 4, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) congratulated Sallie B. Howard School of Arts & Science in Wilson, North Carolina for being recognized as a 2021 National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education (DOE). Sallie B. Howard is one of only eight schools in North Carolina, and the only school in the First Congressional District of North Carolina, to receive the 2021 National Blue Ribbon School designation for academic excellence.

Sallie B. Howard was selected for this distinction as an exemplary achievement gap closing school. This recognition includes institutions among their state’s highest performing schools in closing achievement gaps between a school’s subgroups and all students over the past five years.

“The Blue Ribbon designation is the highest honor an American school can obtain, and out of this year’s 325 honorees, one is from North Carolina’s First Congressional District,” said Congressman Butterfield. “Sallie B. Howard earned this designation through deep commitment to educational excellence by the faculty, students, and the Wilson community as a whole.

“I am very proud of the great success of Sallie B. Howard School of Arts and Science. This great institution has been nothing less than transformative. Each day the faculty’s work embodies the values espoused by Mrs. Sallie Baldwin Howard.”

Now in its 39th year, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed approximately 10,000 awards to more than 9,000 schools.

Up to 420 schools may be nominated each year. The Department invites National Blue Ribbon Schools nominations from the top education official in all states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the Department of Defense Education Activity, and the Bureau of Indian Education. Private schools are nominated by the Council for American Private Education.