VHS Receives Red Quill Award

By KBJR News 1

April 11, 2011 Updated Apr 11, 2011 at 6:19 PM CDT

Virginia, MN (Northland's Newscenter) - Being fully prepared and performing well on the ACT test has once again earned the Virginia High School the Red Quill Award.

The award is only five years old, and Virginia High School has once again risen to the occasion.

"To have that title on our record, as far as any other school around us; we have a top notch school, top notch teachers and top notch students," said Virginia High School principal Laverne Hakly.

The Red Quill award is given to schools which strive to improve curriculum and continually show growth in ACT scores.

Principal Hakly says being fully prepared academically is something students and staff expect at VHS.

"It's been a tradition of excellence from the very beginning. It's an expectation when you walk into the Virginia High School that you do well, you work hard, and you strive to be the best," said Hakly.

Six schools across the entire state of Minnesota are recipients of the Red Quill Award this year. However Virginia High School is the only public school in Northeastern Minnesota to get it.

Teachers at Virginia High School say they want to make sure students are fully aware of the implications an ACT score can have on their future.

"They work an entire semester to receive a semester grade, but they spend only a couple hours to receive a grade on their transcript, so it is a big deal," said math teacher Lori Ismil.

Travis Eddy was one of several Virginia High School students who received a 28 or higher on a portion of the ACT exam.

He says helping to bring the award back to VHS shows how hard work can pay off not just for students, but teachers as well.

"They put a lot of their time into it and I think we kind of repay them by helping out and giving this award back to them," said Eddy.

The school won't be able to rest on their laurels for long.

On Tuesday students at Virginia High School will be taking the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment tests.

Those scores help measure academic progress toward a state benchmark.