Humann and Adams celebrate National Blue Ribbon awards

Humann and Adams elementary schools rolled out the blue carpet to celebrate their national honors. 

The U.S. Department of Education named the two LPS schools as National Ribbon Schools in 2022.  The schools are chosen based on overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. 

“I applaud all the honorees for the 2022 National Blue Ribbon Schools Award for creating vibrant, welcoming and affirming school communities where students can learn, grow, reach their potential and achieve their dreams,” U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona said.

Students, former educators, families and dignitaries packed into the schools to recognize the hard work it took to achieve this special award.

“We are a good school because we have such great teachers. We have amazing teammates to help guide us to success in learning and playing. Humann Elementary is a good environment where people focus on the kind and positive side of life,” Humann student Mason said. 

“Adams is such a great community to be a part of. It's fantastic to work in a building where students are excited to learn. Teachers are excited to teach. The administration is involved and supportive, and parents are partners in both learning and fun,” Adams first grade teacher Stacy Steffensmeier said. 

The celebrations featured special presentations like songs from the school’s choirs, creative videos and speeches from guests, including LPS Superintendent Paul Gausman, Board members Lanny Boswell and Kathy Danek and past administrators. 

“It’s an honor any time a school is recognized nationally for their work and dedication to student achievement,” said LPS Superintendent Paul Gausman. “In Lincoln Public Schools we get the honor of not having just one, but two of our schools showcased at the national level for their work in pushing through challenges and succeeding when it comes to student achievement. On behalf of my team and the Board of Education, congratulations to Adams and Humann elementary schools staff, students and families.”

Lincoln Public Schools had two of the five Nebraska schools earning National Blue Ribbon awards in 2022.  Adams and Humann elementary schools become the ninth and tenth LPS schools to be named a Blue Ribbon School in the 39-year history of the recognition. Other LPS schools honored were Lux Middle School (2021); Pyrtle Elementary School (2020); Rousseau Elementary School (2018); Riley Elementary School (2011); Norwood Park Elementary School (2012); Southeast High School (1988); Lincoln East Junior and Senior High School (1983); and Lincoln High School (1983).


Below are the celebrations from each school, along with photos.


Slideshow of ceremonies

Humann celebration video 

Adams celebration video 

Published: February 20, 2023, Updated: February 21, 2023