By DAVE McMILLION
HANCOCK - Hancock Middle/Senior High School moved ahead Thursday in its quest to be named a national Blue Ribbon School of Excellence.
The Maryland State Department of Education announced that Hancock is one of four schools in the state that will be visited by U.S. Department of Education officials in the spring to determine if it should get the high award.
"It's a big honor," said Darla Strouse, spokeswoman for the state Department of Education.
Hancock is one of two Western Maryland schools that will be visited by U.S. Department of Education officials, Strouse said. Middletown Middle School in Frederick County also moved ahead in the contest, Strouse said.