Six months after they were sworn to secrecy, officials at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and its parish school gathered teachers, staff, parents and students at the church Sept. 30 for "an important announcement."
The Immaculate Conception School had been named by the U.S. Department of Education as a national blue-ribbon school, one of only 50 private schools nationwide to receive the prestigious award.
"I was really excited," said fifth-grader Annabelle Jackson, of Lutherville, who attended the special assembly. "They gave out whistles and clappers and we ran around the church."
Sixth-grader Patrick Verch, of Towson, said he...