Rather than bemoan not finishing first, Walton 21st Century Rural Life Center’s principal Natise Vogt is concentrating on what the school did accomplish — finish in the top 20 and a finalist nationwide for the Intel School of Distinction Awards.


Rather than bemoan not finishing first, Walton 21st Century Rural Life Center’s principal Natise Vogt is concentrating on what the school did accomplish — finish in the top 20 and a finalist nationwide for the Intel School of Distinction Awards.
“This is an affirmation that we are on the right track and doing the right things,” Vogt said. “We are doing what we can with what we have. It was impressive to see what some schools are doing.”
Walton 21st Century Rural Life Center was recently named one of 18 finalists for the Intel Schools of Distinction Awards in the science excellence category.
The annual program honors schools for “implementing innovative and replicable math and science programs that produce positive educational results,” according to a new release.
Walton was recognized for incorporating hands-on learning.
As a finalist, Walton 21st Century Rural Life Center will receive a $5,000 from the Intel Foundation.
“It was an honor and and a privilege,” Vogt said. “The schools were just amazing in the technology they had and how they used it.”