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Magna Vista High School principal wins statewide honor

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Henry County Schools news release

Gracie Agnew, principal of Magna Vista High School, has been named the 2013 Outstanding High School Principal of Virginia by the Virginia Association of Secondary School Principals.  Designated a state winner in the MetLife/NASSP National Principal of the Year program, Agnew is now in the running for the National Principal of the Year award.

"VASSP is honored to recognize the outstanding work of Gracie Agnew," said Randy Barrack, VASSP executive director. "Effective schools are vital to the success of students and the high expectations demanded by principals and their belief in the capacity of all students to perform is critical in school leadership. The stories of such leadership that we capture in the annual award program continues to impress and inspire us."

VASSP annually awards one middle level and one high school winner in the Commonwealth. Principals are typically nominated by their peers or division superintendents.  A VASSP Principals Awards Committee reviews the nominations and principals selected for consideration of the award are interviewed by a panel of principals. Virginia winners are automatically entered as the state nominee for the MetLife/NASSP National Principal of the Year.  From this pool of outstanding administrators, six national finalists will be named and then two national winners will be chosen by a distinguished panel of judges. The national finalists will each receive a $1,500 grant and the national winners will receive a $5,000 grant.

As a principal, Agnew has proven success in involving the local community in the life of the school and has shown an astute awareness of current and emerging issues as well as a passion for improving the school's learning environment.  Agnew received the state association's award at the 86th Annual Virginia Middle and High School Principals Conference and Exposition held June 23-26, 2013.   She will be honored by Herff Jones later this fall with the presentation of the state principal's ring at a dinner ceremony in Richmond.  In addition, all state winners, including Agnew, will be honored at a three-day event in Washington, DC, September 18 – 21, 2013.  Event highlights feature a visit to Capitol Hill to meet with legislators and networking with some of the best principals across the nation.  The event will culminate with a black-tie gala to recognize the achievements of each of the state honorees, the national finalists, and the national winners.

"I am honored to have been chosen Virginia's Outstanding Principal of the Year.  The work I have done, I have not done in isolation. We are a learning community at Magna Vista High School where students are center stage.  I am proud to be recognized by VASSP for the work that has been done to prepare our students for their future," said Mrs. Gracie Agnew.

"The MetLife/NASSP National Principal of the Year Program is a celebration of the principals whose accomplishments reflect their essential role in developing and preparing students for a fulfilling life and career," said Derrick Kelson, MetLife vice-president.  "At MetLife, we have been honored to sponsor the National Principal of the Year program with NASSP for the past 20 years."

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