The Civic Advocacy Network honored two Garden City USD 457 schools with statewide awards this month, giving Garden City High School the School of Excellence Award and Florence Wilson Elementary School the School of Promising Practice Award.

GCHS was one of eight schools to earn the School of Excellence Award, alongside schools in Wichita, Manhattan, De Soto, Derby, McPherson and Maize. FWES was one of four schools to win the School of Promising Practice Award, alongside schools in Valley Heights, Shawnee and Topeka.

The network, established by the Kansas State Department of Education, recognizes schools that actively connect students to and involve them in civic engagement opportunities, according to a press release from USD 457.

Applicants must prove engagement around government, current issues and events, relevant community service, extracurricular activities and participation in school governance and democratic processes, and submit evidence of staff and faculty civic engagement training, civic engagement curriculum and programs, recognition of civically engaged students and outside recognition of civically engaged schools.

All award winners will be recognized at 1 p.m. Sept. 17, on Constitution Day, in Topeka.