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Raleigh County elementary school ranked best in Southern W.Va.

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BECKLEY, W.Va. (WVVA) A Raleigh County elementary school tops the rankings for best school in Southern West Virginia. 

According to http://www.schooldigger.com/, Hollywood Elementary School in Beckley was ranked the 8th best performing school in West Virginia for 2017 -- the highest ranking in Southern West Virginia.

In an interview with the school's Principal Tamber Hodges on Wednesday, she said Hollywood Elementary has climbed more than 120 spots since 2014 by focusing on student achievement and maximizing instructional hours. 

"Everybody came together and accepted that we have to make changes. We addressed how we're going to make those changes and addressed it. But to see the success from it is just really really good." 

Hodges credited teachers, staff, and students with the accolade, saying the school has worked hard in recent years to identify and improve weaknesses in testing. 

"They do such a good job teacher me and the other students in such a fun way...it's just really great," added 5th grader Lani Misch. 

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