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September 18, 2009
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Three Stark Schools Earn Blue Ribbon Honors
The U.S. Department of Education named 19 Ohio schools as 2009 Blue Ribbon Schools - three of them were in Stark County: Lake Cable Elementary (Jackson), Jackson High School, and Fairhope Elementary (Louisville).

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Akron, Kent Stark, and Stark State are Top Ohio College Destinations for Stark County Graduates

The University of Akron is the number one in-state destination for Stark County high school graduates going to college. Kent State Stark and Stark State College of Technology follow close behind.
Figures released to the Stark Education Partnership by the Ohio Board of Regents for the Class of 2007, the latest available, show the three institutions virtually tied for freshman enrollment.
    University of Akron - 397
    Kent State Stark - 390
    Stark State - 358
Together, they accounted for nearly half of the county's 2,416 students who went on to college in Ohio that year. In fourth place was Kent State University's main campus with 202 students. The Ohio State University ranked fifth at 142, and Ohio University was sixth with 136 students.
While state schools had the largest enrollments, Mount Union College, Malone, and Walsh Universities enrolled 226 students, bringing the total number of graduates who stayed in the county to nearly 1,000. Another 204 students elected to attend private colleges elsewhere in the state.

Percentage-wise, 40% of Stark's high school graduates who go to college in Ohio remain in-county and attend either state or private institutions. Fifty-two percent attend state institutions elsewhere in Ohio and 8% attend private colleges in other parts of the state.

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The Ohio Board of Regents estimates that another 15% of all high school graduates go to college out of state.
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