For the second time in a matter of months, a school in the Hastings Public Schools district was honored with a national award.
Gov. Dave Heineman joined state and school officials past and present, parents, students, state education officials and city representatives at an assembly at Hastings Middle School Friday morning to celebrate the school's Breakthrough Schools Award from MetLife Foundation and the National Association of Secondary School Principals.
Initiated in 2004, the award recognizes a select number of high schools and middle schools across the nation that have posted rising test scores despite having a high percentage of students in poverty. HMS was one of only nine schools honored this year, of which three were middle schools. It is the first time a Nebraska school has received the award.