Congratulations to Cane River Middle, East Yancey Middle, and Micaville Elementary. The faculties and staffs of these three schools have exhibited excellence by helping students achieve Category 1, academic performance for three consecutive years. Recently North Carolina received approval from the United States Department of Education to implement a differentiated system of recognition, accountability, and support for schools. As a result, each year NC Department of Public Instruction will identify the state’s top-performing Title I Schools. Attaining this top recognition, know as Reward Schools, is no small accomplishment on the individual school’s part. These three schools are among the 81 public schools in North Carolina that sustained the highest performance on student achievement over the past three years. Only 7 of the 81 schools from all across the state to be recognized were middle schools. The Yancey County School Board recognized these three schools at its September 10th school board meeting.