Six Utah schools are nominees in the 1990-91 National Drug-Free School Recognition Program under sponsorship of the Utah Office of Education, the Utah Federation for Drug-Free Youth and the U.S. Department of Education.

The schools are Highland High, Ivan Cendese principal; Rose Park Elementary, Rosanne Jackson principal; Cyprus High, William Cristopolus, principal; Granite Park Junior High, Parley Jacobs, principal; Municipal Elementary, Sheron Christensen principal; and Pleasant Grove High, William Delaney principal.An independent panel will review the applications in Washington, D.C., and make on-site visits to selected schools. The outstanding schools will be named this spring.

Participation in the recognition program requires major commitment, said Carol Voorhees, state office specialist in substance abuse prevention. Entrants in this year's competition had to have had programs in place for two years, along with a monitoring program and significant community and parent involvement.

"It is important that the public understand the meaning of `drug-free' as used in this connection," she said. Drug-free schools are defined as those where student drug use, including alcohol, tobacco and performance-enhancing substances, has been prevented or substantially reduced.