On November 8th, Southern Columbia Area High School
was officially recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School
during an awards presentation hosted by the United States Department of Education
to honor excellence in education. During the two-day, 2016 National Blue Ribbon Awards Ceremony,
representatives of the 330 public, private, charter, and magnet schools in attendance had opportunities to share best practices and engage in other collegial network opportunities. The ceremony was highlighted by many inspirational speakers including an address delivered by U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King, Jr.
Each school received written congratulations from President Barack Obama
who commended their efforts to "nuture, support, and unleash, the potential of America's daughters and sons." The Blue Ribbon Schools also learned they are in select company, as schools recognized as a Blue Ribbon School represent less than one-half of one percent of the schools across the United States.
High School Teacher Chris Gengler is flanked by Superintendent Paul Caputo and High School Principal Jim Becker during the awards ceremony. The trio is proudly displaying the plaque received as part of the High School's Blue Ribbon designation.