Pope John XXIII School in Evanston has been named a Blue Ribbon School by the federal Department of Education.

The school is one of 21 in Illinois named in the program. Six of the 21 are schools operated by the Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago.

The awards honor academically strong schools or schools that have achieved dramatic academic gains.

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Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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