Dr. Jim Merrill, Wake County Superintendent of Schools, throws a beach ball into the crowd to get things rocking at a celebration held at Combs Elementary School after it was named the best magnet school in the country on May 19, 2014. This is the second time the school has won the award; they were rated the best of over 300 other magnet schools from around the U.S.
Dr. Jim Merrill, Wake County Superintendent of Schools, throws a beach ball into the crowd to get things rocking at a celebration held at Combs Elementary School after it was named the best magnet school in the country on May 19, 2014. This is the second time the school has won the award; they were rated the best of over 300 other magnet schools from around the U.S. Chris Seward cseward@newsobserver.com
Dr. Jim Merrill, Wake County Superintendent of Schools, throws a beach ball into the crowd to get things rocking at a celebration held at Combs Elementary School after it was named the best magnet school in the country on May 19, 2014. This is the second time the school has won the award; they were rated the best of over 300 other magnet schools from around the U.S. Chris Seward cseward@newsobserver.com
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