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Posted at 12:59 PM ET, 12/ 9/2009

An excellent mistake

By Valerie Strauss

A Virginia school handed out to about 480 students certificates of excellence for academic achievement with the word EXCELLENCE spelled incorrectly--each one of them hand signed by the principal.

Lake Braddock Secondary School in Burke last week gave the certificates to all students who had a grade point average of 3.8 and above last year.

The certificates read:
“This Certifies that [student’s name] has been awarded a Certificate for ACADEMIC EXCELLIENCE” for the 2008-09 School Year.”

The words “academic” and “excellience” are in fancy lettering, making it relatively easy to read over the mistake.

Alka Howard, director of student services, said she was “mortified” when she learned of the error.

“I have to tell you that it went through several pairs of eyes and the error was not caught,” she sad. “It went through counselors, myself, and the mistake wasn’t caught of because of the way the font is.”

The certificates were designed and printed at the school, and then hand-signed individually by Principal David F. Thomas.

One student who saw the misspelling posted this on Facebook:
New shoes -- $30
Dress pants -- $30
New tie -- $15
The fact that they misspelled "Excellence" on the certificate -- Priceless.

Howard said the students deserve a perfect certificate and all of them are going to be reprinted.

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By Valerie Strauss  | December 9, 2009; 12:59 PM ET
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Slow day for Valarie. These were produced by the the academic boosters, not the school. I think they are trying to catch the athletic boosters in their educational endeavors. Still, 480 out of 2,000 isn't too bad.

Posted by: mortified469 | December 10, 2009 9:45 PM | Report abuse

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