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RIPLEY, Okla.—A pair of elementary schools are being recognized by a national program for overcoming the odds.

Ripley Elementary School and Sweetwater Elementary School have been named National Title I Distinguished School Award winners.

State Superintendent Janet Barresi said, “They are proving that no matter what hardship a child might face, such as poverty, great strides in learning can still occur when you combine dedicated staff with motivated students and families.”

In order to qualify for the award, a school must have a poverty rate of 65 percent, demonstrate high academic achievement for two years and meet state standards of adequate yearly progress for at least two years.

Only two schools from each state are selected for this award each year by the Oklahoma State Department of Education.

Ripley Elementary and Sweetwater Elementary were selected for receiving an “A” in the new A-F grading system.

Each school received $15,000 as part of the award.