Westminster's East Middle School has been named a State School of Character (SSOC) by the Maryland Center for Character Education at Stevenson University.

East Middle is one of only five schools in the state to receive the honor and one of only two middle schools, according to a Carroll County Public Schools news release.

"A lot of work goes into becoming a State School of Character, and it is very gratifying to know people both inside and outside our school community are recognizing our efforts to build positive character traits in our students," East Middle Principal Christian Roemer said in a statement.

State Schools of Character serve as models and ambassadors of effective character education. They share their successful strategies with other educators and open their campuses as demonstration sites.

State Schools of Character hold their designation for three years.

"None of this can happen without the support of our parents and guardians who should join us in taking great pride in our school having earned this designation," Roemer said. "We have a great partnership with our parents at East Middle School, and we thank them for all of their support."

Carrolltowne Elementary and East, Oklahoma Road and Shiloh middle schools were also recognized as School of the Year Award recipients at the program.