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Eisenhower High School Principal up for National Principal of the Year

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YAKIMA, Wash.--Eisenhower High School's graduation rate has increased from 68 percent to 88 percent in Stacey Locke's six years as principal.  The progress is due to programs she's put in place.  Programs such as the Cadet Academy and I-POD focus on at-risk students. Now, grades are up and suspensions and gang activity are down. 

Locke has been demonstrating the programs to schools across the state for five years.  Now she hopes Eisenhower's initiatives can make an impact nationally.  Her instructors say she's a motivator.

"She's in the hallway, she's out with the kids, she knows what's happening in the school," said Holli Stephens, instructional coach.  "The students react well to her; they really want to please her and do their very best" ...

Locke thinks the whole community deserves the attention.

"It's the students, the faculty, the staff, the parents.  Everyone is responsible"

The winner will be chosen from three finalists in September, and will receive a $5,000 grant for their school. 

Locke will fly to Washington, D.C. Friday morning for her interview, but she's not interested in the sights.

"I'm most excited to see the interview room and show off what we're doing at Eisenhower."
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