- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 3, 2014

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Six schools, including four from Mobile County, have been recognized in Montgomery for having high-achieving students that come mostly from low-income homes.

The governor and state education officials held a ceremony Wednesday to honor six Alabama Torchbearer schools selected by the state Department of Education. The schools have at least 80 percent of their students receiving free or reduced-price lunches and score among the top 20 percent in state educational assessments.

Recognized were Monroe Intermediate School from Monroe County, Sycamore School from Talladega County, and Anna F. Booth, George Hall, Saint Elmo and Wilmer elementary schools from Mobile County.

Gov. Robert Bentley says the schools show that location and income don’t determine student success.

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