GRAFENWOEHR, Germany -- Educational and U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria leadership gathered at the Grafenwoehr Jugendheim for the School of Excellence recognition ceremony for Grafenwoehr Elementary School, Oct. 9.In August, the GES PTA was recognized as a National PTA School of Excellence for engaging local families in the educational process and involving them in the school environment.GES was only one of two Department of Defense Education Activity schools and the first school in Europe honored with this recognition. Out of 20,000 possible schools, only 170 were named as a School of Excellence.From left: Lt. Col. Peter Wilson, commander, 44th Expeditionary Signal Battalion; Dave Lehfeld, U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria school liaison officer; Matthew Kralevich, Grafenwoehr Elementary School principal; Elizabeth Dunham, DoDEA Bavaria District superintendent; Edgar Knobloch, Grafenwoehr mayor; Doug McEnery DoDEA Bavaria District assistant superintendent; Col. Mark Colbrook, commander, USAG Bavaria and Kris Garst, European PTA president and Grafenwoehr PTA vice president.