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Gala Event at Conrady

The band played. The choir sang. And dignitaries spoke. It was a splendid celebration with ceremony and fuss. The ceremony was in honor of Conrady Junior High School and the fuss was for the school being named a winner of the coveted National Blue Ribbon Award.

The Hickory Hills’ junior high school was packed for two assemblies last week that culminated a months-long celebration of the school being named one of the best in the nation.

Principal Andy Anderson served as the master of ceremonies for the event that featured performances by the Stagg High School band and choir and appearances by Hickory Hills Mayor Mike Howley and Cook County Commissioner Sean Morrison who presented Anderson with proclamations honoring the school’s great achievement.

Palos Hills’ Mayor Gerald Bennett and Bridgeview Mayor Steve Landek also sent proclamations honoring the school.

Conrady was named a winner in the category of Exemplary High-Performing Schools. Conrady was named as one of the highest-performing schools as measured by state assessments (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) or nationally normed tests.

Conrady was one of only 342 schools across the country (that’s one-quarter of one percent of all schools) to win the prestigious award. In addition, Anderson was named “Principal of the Year” by the South Cook Region of the Illinois Principals’ Association.

Principal Anderson (left) and County Commissioner Sean Morrison