Orchard Software Named Finalist in 2007 Golden Lamp Awards

ST. LOUIS, MO, April 3, 2007 — Siboney Learning Group is proud to announce that its flagship software, Orchard Gold Star, has been named a finalist in the Technology category of the Association of Educational Publishers´ 2007 Golden Lamp Awards.

The Association of Educational Publishers (AEP) presents the Golden Lamp Award each year to just four recipients–those judged to be the "best of the best" in four categories: Periodicals, Books, Technology, and Instructional Materials.

Publishing professionals, educators, and librarians recognize winners as providing the most outstanding materials for learning," according to AEP officials, who call the Golden Lamp Award the "most prestigious award in the field of educational publishing."

The Golden Lamp Awards are in their 40th year. Each entry is judged not only on the quality of its content and design but also on the extent to which it fulfills its educational mission. A total of 125 entries were submitted for judging in the 2007 awards, including 38 in the Technology category. Winners will be announced June 12, 2007 at the AEP´s Awards Banquet and Gala in Washington, D.C.

"We are delighted that Orchard Gold Star received this level of distinction," said Bill Edwards, President of Siboney Learning Group. "Orchard is a superior product, and to have it recognized as such by industry peers and experts is very gratifying, especially considering the quality of products entered in the AEP awards competition."

Orchard´s selection as a 2007 Golden Lamp Award finalist is the most recent in a growing list of accolades. Orchard Gold Star was also chosen as a "Best Education Solution" finalist in the 2007 SIIA CODiE Awards. Honors in previous years include 2005 Eddie Awards in language arts and math from ComputED Learning Center and a 2003 AEP Distinguished Achievement Award for Excellence in Educational Publishing for Orchard math programs.
About the Association of Educational Publishers
Founded in 1895, the Association of Educational Publishers (AEP) is a non-profit organization devoted to serving and advancing the supplemental educational publishing industry through research and information, market opportunities, government relations, professional development and networking events. With the rapid growth of new educational technologies, AEP members are at the forefront of delivering progressive educational products and services that address individual learning needs and differences. For more information, visit AEP online at www.aepweb.org.

About Orchard Software
Orchard Software provides standards-based assessments and automatic targeted assignments. With more than 150 Skill Trees covering over 5,000 lessons, Orchard is designed to ensure that students are working on the specific skills they need in order to master the challenging academic standards and learning objectives established by their school districts. To learn more, go to www.orchardsoftware.com.

About Siboney Learning Group
Siboney Learning Group is a dynamic developer, publisher, integrator, and provider of comprehensive and motivational educational software. Orchard is one of several product lines offered by Siboney, including Educational Activities Software, Journey, and Gamco. For more information, go to www.siboneylearninggroup.com.

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