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Pius X Receives National Recognition

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The Catholic High School Honor Roll announced today its fourth annual selection of the best 50 Catholic secondary schools in the United States. For the second year in a row, Pius X High School has been selected for this prestigious honor. The Honor Roll is an annual list of the top 50 Catholic high schools in the United States, where schools are examined on the criteria of academic excellence, Catholic identity, and civic education. The Honor Roll is a powerful resource for parents and a great opportunity for schools to receive much deserved recognition. 
The primary goal of the Honor Roll is to encourage schools to educate students as effectively as possible, in a way that integrates Catholic faith and prepares students for active engagement with the world. As a constructive competition, the Honor Roll provides insight into the character of Catholic secondary education and calls everyone to improve the academic and spiritual formation given to America’s youth. In promoting rigorous education, the Honor Roll desires to better prepare students for fruitful vocations in politics, business, and the Church.
Pius X High School currently has over 1,000 students in grades 9-12. Tuition is one of the lowest in the country as Pius X strives to offer an excellent Catholic education that is affordable to all students in the city of Lincoln, Nebraska. 
Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz of the Diocese of Lincoln said he is grateful that Pius X High School has been named to the 2007 Honor Roll again this year. "I am grateful that Pius X Catholic High School has earned a place on the 2007 Catholic High School Honor Roll as one of the 50 best Catholic high schools in the United States. This recognition is well-deserved and I applaud the administrators, teachers, parents and students for their dedication and devotion. Their commitment to quality Catholic education has helped make Pius X Catholic High School a success."
In response to this great honor, Father Jim Meysenburg, Superintendent, issued the following statement: 
“What a wonderful recognition of the extraordinary dedication and commitment of our faculty, staff, students, administrators and parents. I am so proud of the Pius X High School community. I am especially grateful to our Catholic parish families who so generously support Pius X. This honor is a tribute to the many, many people who have given so much to provide our students with the opportunity to excel in every aspect of their lives.”
Mr. Tom Korta, Principal, also issued the following statement:
“For over 50 years Pius X High School has been blessed by the quality faculty, staff, students, parents and parish families that God has brought to our school. I am grateful that the Catholic High School Honor Roll has again affirmed the work we are trying to accomplish in “Restoring All Things In Christ.” This honor is one to be shared by all who have contributed their time, talent and treasure to making Pius X High School the best it can be.”
The Honor Roll is produced in consultation with a national advisory board comprised of Catholic college presidents and noted Catholic scholars. Advisory board member Rev. John Schlegel, President of Creighton University, said the Honor Roll is significant for Catholic education. “Catholic High schools that excel at forming students in the faith and at teaching them to think critically and act virtuously are a great asset to the Church,” he said. “Not only do these schools deserve to be recognized, but they should also be imitated by all Catholic schools.” 
All of America’s nearly 1,300 Catholic high schools were invited to apply to the Honor Roll by completing three detailed surveys, indicating that inclusion in the Honor Roll requires exceptional merit in each of the areas measured. This balanced approach assesses a school’s adherence to the Church’s educational calling, where the best schools offer more than the strong academic preparation Catholic education is known for. Rather, the best schools also have vibrant Catholic identities and offer sound civic training that help prepare students to live their faith in the world.
To see a listing of the top 50 schools, as well as lists of the top 25 schools in each category, visit www.chshonor.org.
The Catholic High School Honor Roll is an independent project of the Acton Institute, an international research and educational organization. The Honor Roll was produced in consultation with a national advisory board comprised of Catholic college presidents and noted Catholic scholars. For more on Acton, please go to www.acton.org.

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