EPO! EPO! EPO!

The butt of jokes for decades, East Port Orchard Elementary got some props this week. The state Superintendent of Public Instruction office named it as one of 98 Schools of Distinction for improving its WASL reading and math scores over the past six years.

I remember not that many years ago when the newsroom made fun of me and Travis Baker, distinguished EPO graduates, because EPO had some of the worst, if not the worst, WASL scores in the county.

When I attended the school a few years back, other grade schools in the district called us EPO, Elementary Prison for Oddballs. Neener neener.

By the way, the only other school in the county to be honored also was from South Kitsap — Hidden Creek Elementary.