Audubon recognized with National Blue Ribbon

The US Department of Education said Audubon School was a 2011 National Blue Ribbon winner based on overall academic excellence and its success in closing the achievement gap.

In a press release, the Dept. said 256 public and 49 private schools will receive the awards. The awards will be given at a ceremony November 14-5 in Washington, DC.

Audubon was one of 415 US schools that were invited to submit for the award, based on recommendations of educational groups.

Nineteen Illinois schools, including Northside College Prep High School will receive the award this year. St Therese Chinese Catholic School, located at 247 W 23rd St. is the other Chicago school to receive the award.

Read the press release from the US Dept. of Education.

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Patrick grew up near LaFollette Park on the West Side. He contends that the very best Italian beef sandwiches are made on the West Side and has a strange love of the flat pizza from that part of the city. Patrick led The Bulldog to win seven journalism awards in 2011, including four awards to Patrick as a solo or a team member. He is very proud of The Dog's coverage of politics and schools in the neighborhood. Patrick wrote for the Times of Northwest Indiana as a stringer covering Cook County Government, for the Chicago Tribune as a stringer on the Chicago Wolves and for ChicagoNow as a writer before starting The Dog. He wrote for four years for as a media commentator and spent about 20 years in operations at city newspapers, including nine years as owner of his own distribution company. Prior to that he spent about nine years in public relations. Patrick has a Masters degree from the University of Colorado. He attended Eastern Illinois University for undergrad and Weber High School and St. Peter Canisius grammar school. The two-flat he owns was built in 1912 and has never been featured, to his knowledge, in any major motion pictures despite having a way-cool garden. Patrick purchased the property in 1994 and "couldn't afford to buy it now." His daughter is a college student in California. He lives in the house with his wife, Jane, and two cats who often sit in on his phone interviews.

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