The 12 Howard County public schools have been recognized as "exemplary" by the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association, Howard County coordinator of athletics Mike Williams announced in a press release on Thursday.

Last spring, the twelve schools submitted an NIAAA Quality Program Award application to be considered for QPA Exemplary recognition. All twelve high schools qualified for the Quality Program Award “Exemplary” level of recognition, which is the highest level of national recognition.

The twelve schools — Atholton, Centennial, Glenelg, Hammond, Howard, Long Reach, Marriotts Ridge, Mt. Hebron, Oakland Mills, Reservoir, River Hill and Wilde Lake — will receive a plaque recognizing the accomplishment, along with a four-by-eight foot “NIAAA Quality Program Award Exemplary Level” banner to be displayed in each school's gymnasium.

In addition to the plaque and banner, a letter of commendation signed by Mr. Bruce Whitehead, Executive Director of the NIAAA, will be sent to the schools.


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The twelve Howard County high schools are among the first twenty high schools in the nation to be recognized in this NIAAA program.