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Intel Honors Six Schools with 2008 Intel Schools of Distinction Award


Elementary, Middle and High Schools Awarded for Math and Science Excellence

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Intel Corporation today announced the six winners of the 2008 Intel® Schools of Distinction Award. The annual awards recognize U.S. schools that implement innovative math and science programs and serve as role models for other schools. The Intel Foundation and sponsoring companies distribute $1 million in grants and awards to winning schools.

“Math and science skills are more important than ever, both to an individual’s success and our country,” said Brenda Musilli, Intel’s director of education. “Each winner of a 2008 Intel Schools of Distinction Award has demonstrated a successful commitment to math and science results. Not only do these schools offer solid curriculums and wonderful faculties, they succeed in integrating math and science throughout the curriculum so students constantly see ways to apply them.”

One elementary, one middle and one high school are chosen as winners in each of the two categories from hundreds of applicants across the country. The winning schools in each category are as follows:

Mathematics Excellence:

Sojourner School

Milwaukie, Ore.

Middle School
Delay Middle School

Lewisville, Texas

High School
Sabino High School

Tucson, Ariz.

Science Excellence:

Laguna Elementary School

Scottsdale, Ariz.

Middle School
Key Peninsula Middle School

Lakebay, Wash.

High School
Townsend Harris High School

Flushing, N.Y.

To honor their extraordinary commitment to educational excellence and innovation, each of the six winning schools will receive a $10,000 cash grant from the Intel Foundation and an award package that includes curriculum materials, professional development resources, hardware and software valued at more than $160,000. Award sponsors include Dell*, DyKnow*, eInstruction*, Futurekids*, Scantron*, SMART Technologies* and Spectrum K12*.

Representatives from the winning schools will attend an awards celebration on Sept. 9 in Washington, D.C., where one of this year’s six honorees will be named “Star Innovator,” and will receive additional prizes including a $15,000 grant from the Intel Foundation. In order to earn “Star Innovator” honors, the school must have a comprehensive program incorporating innovative and effective use of technology, parent and community engagement, professional development and teamwork, and consistent achievement of high academic standards.

Intel has been committed to helping students realize the promise of education for decades. Intel annually invests more than $100 million around the world to improve the quality of education, particularly in the fields of math, science and technology. To learn more about Intel’s global commitment to education, visit For more information about the Intel Schools of Distinction Awards, visit


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