VIDEO: Koppelman Speaks at Washington Blue Ribbon Ceremony

Washington Elementary School teachers, staff, students, parents and community members celebrated the Valley City school's recent recognition as one of the nation's Blue Ribbon Schools at a ceremony Tuesday evening.

The hour long ceremony, which was held in the school's gymnasium, featured remarks from Valley City Public Schools Superintendent Dean Koppelman, Washington Elementary Principal Chad Lueck, U.S. Sens. John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp, North Dakota State Superintendent of Schools Kirsten Baesler and Ashley Kelsch, a representative for Gov. Jack Dalrymple.

Washington Elementary is the only school in North Dakota to receive the prestigious honor this year.

Video by Heidi Harris/Times-Record.