For Immediate Release
April 11, 2011

State Superintendent celebrates success of 21 Southern Illinois Honor Roll Schools

Annual list recognizes improving and high-performing schools across state

COBDEN — Illinois State Superintendent of Education Christopher A. Koch recognized 21 Southern Illinois schools today for being named to the 2010 Illinois Honor Roll. The schools were honored during a school assembly at Cobden High School.

“This is a remarkable list of 21 schools that have maintained or improved academic performance amid rising benchmarks and a tough economy,” said State Superintendent Koch. “Many of the students in these schools come from low-income families but their parents, educators and community members are working extraordinarily hard to ensure these children are just as engaged in learning as any of their peers from Cairo to Chicago.”

The 2010 Illinois Honor Roll recognizes 834 schools across the state for their continued academic progress. The honor roll is divided into three categories – Spotlight Schools, Academic Excellence and Academic Improvement. Each award has unique criteria that best reflect the diverse circumstances of Illinois schools.

The 21 schools honored are:

Massac Unit District

Joppa-Maple Grove UD 38

New Simpson Hill SD 32

Buncombe Cons SD 43

Cobden SUD 17

Jonesboro CCSD 43

Dongola USD 66

Shawnee CUSD 84

Egyptian CUSD 5

Johnston City CUSD 1

Marion CUSD 2

Carterville CUSD 5

Ewing Northern CCSD 115

Zeigler-Royalton CUSD 188

Sesser-Valier CUSD 196

A complete listing of the 2010 Illinois Honor Roll Schools can be found online at