From Post staff reportsDirk Ash, a Lebanon/Wilson County product complete with a degree from Castle Heights Military Academy and now an educator in Rutherford County, is being recognized as one of the nation's outstanding school principals. Ash, principal of LaVergne Middle School in Rutherford County, currently lives on Coles Ferry Pike in Lebanon. His wife, Nancy, is principal of Lebanon High School. He is to be the recipient of special honors in Washington, D.C. in the fall after being named Tennessee Middle Level Principal of the Year by fellow school principals and educators. Selected by the Tennessee Association of Secondary School Principals, Ash received the recognition for his involvement in local community activities at LaVergne Middle School and for what was described as staying up-to-date on emerging issues in education. In the public announcement about his award, it is published that Ash is passionate about improving learning at the school he serves. In Washington, Ash and other national award recipients will be invited to attend sessions on Capitol Hill, meet with congressmen and share ideas with each other relating to education. The trip to Washington will also include a special black tie event to recognize the achievements of each state honoree, the national finalists and the national winner.