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Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Hamilton County Collegiate High at Chattanooga State Community College has been recognized as a 2020 National Blue Ribbon School by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.

Collegiate High is one of seven Tennessee schools to earn the status, based on student scores and graduation rates.

According to school district officials, Collegiate is among five Hamilton County high schools to have a 100% graduation rate for the 2019-20 school year. Other high schools included in the district's high graduation rate list are Chattanooga High Center for the Creative Arts, Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences, Hamilton County Virtual School and the STEM School Chattanooga.

"I am so proud for our students and faculty because they made this [Blue Ribbon] honor possible," Collegiate High Principal Sonja Rich said via a news release from the district. "A special thank you to Hamilton County Schools leadership, Chattanooga State Community College, our students, parents and teachers who push for excellence every day."

Collegiate will be honored along with 317 U.S. public and 50 non-public schools through a virtual awards ceremony on Nov. 12 and 13.

Contact Monique Brand mbrand@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6592. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter @MoBrandNews.

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