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Melody Schopp, South Dakota secretary of education, has the students of Gertie Belle Rogers Elementary stand up and stretch before she speaks Tuesday afternoon during an assembly recognizing the Mitchell school for being a National Blue Ribbon Award honoree. (Sean Ryan/Republic)

Dignitaries gather to honor GBR Elementary's national award

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Hard work. That’s what Dusty Johnson said it takes to become a National Blue Ribbon School. Johnson, of Mitchell and chief of staff for Gov. Dennis Daugaard, was one of several dignitaries who attended an assembly Tuesday to honor Gertie Belle Rogers Elementary in Mitchell for earning the distinction. Johnson and wife Jacquelyn have two children attending GBR.


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