Two schools in Georgia and one in North Carolina are among the 20 schools named as 2005 “Schools of Distinction” by Intel and Scholastic.

The Georgia schools achieving the honor were J.P. McConnell Middle School in Loganville (for literacy achievement) and Mabry Middle School in Marietta (for technical innovation).

The North Carolina school is KIPP Gaston College Prep in Gaston (for academic achievement).

The 20 winning schools receive $10,000 cash grants from the Intel Foundation and $3 million in prizes such as curriculum materials, professional development resources, software and hardware.

To be selected, schools were judged based on commitment to educational excellence and innovation. More than 3,000 schools participated in the annual program.

One school will be judged “Best of the Best” at an awards event in Washington , DC on Oct. 6.

“These schools have found innovative ways to achieve excellence in education,” said Brenda Musilli, Intel Director of Education. “From a highly diverse set of circumstances you find a common desire and ability to tackle challenges head on, continuously improve, and plan for the future. We hope these programs will inspire others.”

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