LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Impressive positives to celebrate in education and sports this week:
Oldham County Schools earned the "District of Distinction" label - one of only 15 districts in Kentucky to get it.
Three elementary schools in Bullitt County - Freedom, Mount Washington, and Cedar Grove - earned the level of "distinguished" schools for the first time.
In Jefferson County, Brown School earned the highest scores for middle and high schools, sharing distinguished honors with Barret Traditional Middle, Jefferson County Traditional, The Academy @ Shawnee, and Atherton, Ballard, DuPont Manual, Eastern, and Louisville Male High Schools.
And two schools in the Archdiocese of Louisville were named United States Department of Education 2016 National Blue Ribbon Schools: St. Francis of Assisi School, and St. Xavier High School - a winner for the fourth time. To even apply for the distinction, test scores must be in the top 15 percent in the nation. Previously, 13 archdiocese elementary schools have won this award, and four other high schools: Trinity, Assumption, Mercy Academy and Sacred Heart Academy.
The Louisville Bats completed a season with more than a half-million fans attending ballgames for the 17th straight year - accomplishing something no other minor league team has ever done. The Bats home, Louisville Slugger Field, was also named the site for this season's Atlantic Coast Conference baseball championships.
The Indiana Hoosiers knocked off Michigan State, ranked 17th at the time, to enter their nationally televised game with second-ranked Ohio State this week with five wins in their last seven games.
And the Louisville Cardinals, the top-ranked offensive team in the country, ran off a record 99 plays while scoring 36 points at Clemson, led by Heisman favorite, quarterback Lamar Jackson, who is 62 yards shy of leading the nation in rushing, and has run or passed for just under six touchdowns a game, more than 115 entire teams in college football.
Cheers to all involved in making those successes possible!