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WASHINGTON, D.C., Oct. 6, 2005 — John Stanford International School in Seattle and Academy of Allied Health and Science High School in Neptune, N.J. have been named the ‘Best of the Best’ winners in the 2005 Intel and Scholastic Schools of Distinction Awards. Both earned honors in the ‘Collaboration’ category for their innovative use of local, national and international partnerships to promote student achievement.

Eighteen other schools were celebrated as Intel and Scholastic Schools of Distinction in such categories as academic achievement, literacy, science, mathematics and leadership, among others, at a gala in Washington, D.C. Each winning school receives $10,000 from the Intel Foundation and a host of educational products and services from Scholastic and other sponsors. The two ‘Best of the Best’ schools each receive an additional $15,000 grant from the Intel Foundation. Overall, the Intel and Scholastic Schools of Distinction winners were awarded more than $5 million in cash and prizes during a ceremony honoring all 20 schools.