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West Virginia Academy will use its $500K Yass Prize to increase its mission within the Mountain State

What do you do, once you’re the Mountain State’s first brick-and-mortar constitution college, going into your third yr of operation, and also you have been simply acknowledged with an award broadly thought to be the “Pulitzer Prize” of training?

You’re employed that a lot more durable, John Treu, of Morgantown’s West Virginia Academy, stated.

The constitution college final week acquired $500,000 from the Yass Prize, which yearly awards colleges and different endeavors it deems as innovators in training.

A complete of 33 colleges throughout the nation have been nominated.

A constitution college in Montgomery, Ala., took the highest prize of $1 million.

Treu, a founding member of the West Virginia Academy and its board chair, stated the award, greater than something, means validation for the college — which took all of it the best way to the state’s Supreme Courtroom within the argument and pitch to open its doorways.

“As a result of we’re so new, there are plenty of households in our neighborhood that don’t understand there’s a free public constitution college of their again yard,” he stated.

“Being nationally acknowledged,” he added, “for innovation and excellence in training.”

Janine Yass agreed.

She co-founded the Yass Prize along with her husband Jeff in 2021, because the nation’s mainstream colleges have been nonetheless mired within the pandemic.

Yass alluded to the Pulitzer comparability throughout the awards ceremony final week in New York Metropolis.

It’s not all the time straightforward being an innovator, she stated.

“We all know giving training innovators the chance to work exterior the system — that’s suffocating so a lot of them — is the most-effective technique to rework the lives of America’s college students,” Yass stated.

Giving $500,000 to the West Virginia Academy, Treu stated, is an opportunity to increase its Mountain State mission much more.

Whereas the academy continues the work from its essential constructing on Chestnut Ridge Highway, it’s additionally in the course of plans to launch a department campus in Masontown, Preston County.

Treu stated the cash might be earmarked partially for that effort, together with the continuing mission of rising the academy’s enrollment to 12th grade.

“The Yass Prize will enable West Virginia Academy to increase our award-winning applications to serve extra households,” he stated.

Go to for info on its educational mission and easy methods to enroll.

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