Verona, WO mayors recognize Our Lady of the Lake

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VERONA, NJ — Our Lady of the Lake School Principal Benjamin Ronquillo recently led a Blue Ribbon Celebration highlighting the school’s second consecutive Blue Ribbon of Excellence Award win. Verona Mayor Kevin Ryan issued a Certificate of Achievement to Our Lady of the Lake and West Orange Mayor Robert Parisi acknowledged the school with a mayoral proclamation. Also present were Margaret Dames, superintendent for Catholic Schools of the Archdiocese of Newark, and OLL alumnus Jack McEvoy, a Verona Township Council member.

“The Department of Education presented Our Lady of the Lake School with its second consecutive National Blue Ribbon Award in a special ceremony in Washington, D.C.,” Ronquillo said. “We are grateful to be one of only 50 private schools in the country to receive this award and now we not only celebrate, but also we begin thinking about our vision for the next five years.”

In their remarks, Ryan noted that Our Lady of the Lake School is an integral part of the Verona community and Parisi applauded OLL for its hard work and acknowledged that many West Orange residents send their children to the school. Approximately 60 percent of OLL’s students hail from West Orange.

“The faculty, students and staff of Our Lady of the Lake School have set a strong example for other schools, through their combination of rigorous academics and compassionate teaching,” Dames said.

Photos Courtesy of Our Lady of the Lake School