On Nov. 4, 2013, New Kent High School was named by w!se as a Blue Star School and teacher Ryan Perry was named a Gold Star Teacher - for personal finance education.

NEW KENT – Three local high schools have been recognized for their students' proficiency in personal finance.

King William, New Kent, and West Point high schools were recently named three of 194 Blue Star Schools in the nation by Working In Support of Education (w!se), an educational non-profit aimed to develop financial literacy and readiness for college and the workplace.

To earn the Blue Star School recognition, schools must achieve a 75 percent passing rate on the annual Financial Literacy Certification test, which is administered to students by w!se, following a personal finance course or unit.

W!se also named Economics and Personal Finance teachers Ryan Parry, of New Kent High School, and Pam Steele, of West Point High School, Gold Star teachers for the 2012-13 school year.

Parry and Steele were two of 361 educators in the country that earned the award by having 90 percent or more students passing the w!se Financial Literacy Certification test.

"I think it goes back to our faculty and staff in our earlier schools," Parry told the New Kent School Board Monday night. "…All I do is hone the skills."

Martin can be reached by phone at 804-885-0040.