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Grassleys help BCLUW celebrate tech award

High school receives Apple distinction for second straight year

November 21, 2012
By ANDREW POTTER - Staff Writer ( , Times-Republican

CONRAD - It was two years, two awards and two Grassleys Tuesday at BCLUW High School.

The school announced at a surprise assembly that it has been selected for the second straight year as an Apple Distinguished School for its use of technology - specifically the 1-to-1 laptop program.

Helping the school celebrate at the assembly were Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, and his grandson, Rep. Pat Grassley, R-New Hartford.

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BCLUW High School Principal Cari Teske, left, talks with State Rep. Pat Grassley, R-New Hartford and his grandfather, U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, prior to a special assembly at the school in Conrad Tuesday. BCLUW was again awarded as an Apple Distinguished School and the honor was announced to students and staff at the assembly.

BCLUW is one of 42 high schools across the country to receive the award from the Apple Company this year.

"We're certainly honored to be selected for this again," said BCLUW Superintendent Ben Petty. "This is a great tribute to the innovative spirit of the staff and the students."

BCLUW has provided laptops to every one of its students for four years and was among the earliest high schools in the state to begin the program.

Just a couple of days before Pat and his family will visit grandpa Chuck and grandma Barb for Thanksgiving, the legislative duo took some time to recognize BCLUW.

"They've been on the cutting edge since the (laptop) program has been around," Pat Grassley said.

When Pat addressed the students, he said being so advanced in technology will help them in the future.

"Think of how far ahead you guys are," he said.

Sen. Grassley planned to tweet this accomplishment out so his nearly 60,000 Twitter followers across the country could learn about the BCLUW honor.

"This kind of achievement just doesn't happen, you make it happen," the senator told the crowd at the assembly. "Teachers, students and parents working together make this happen."

BCLUW Principal Cari Teske also read a note of congratulations to BCLUW sent from Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz.

"It's a great day to be a Comet," Teske said at the assembly.



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