Hudson Valley schools among prestigious group to win Blue Ribbon awards

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What does it take to be recognized as some of the highest achieving schools in the nation? Two schools in the Hudson Valley have the answer after being named National Blue Ribbon recipients.

Rohan Subramini is enhancing his future in physics through Yorktown High School's Science Research Program. Sam Milhaven is confident his experiences in school will help him one day as an engineer.

The Yorktown seniors say their diverse curriculum, including 130 clubs and athletic opportunities, helped solidify a 2019 National Blue Ribbon School honor.

"It's a good example of how it prepares us and gives us opportunities for things not all high schools do, and very useful going forward in life," says Subramini

Yorktown Superintendent Dr. Ron Hattar says the U.S. Department of Education selects Blue Ribbon Schools for progress in closing achievement gaps, or for students' overall academic performance.

"They're learning not only the academics, but learning so many important pieces as part of our character education program," says Hattar. "This Blue Ribbon award is a capstone to just a stellar high school."

A total of 362 school around the country are named Blue Ribbon winners. Of those, 18 were chosen in New York, and just two were located in the Hudson Valley.

The other winner was Cornwall Central High School.

"The students and the faculty have a sense of accomplishment and feel like they're being recognized and valued for the hard work they do day in and day out," says Cornwall Central Principal Emerly Martinez.

Martinez's predecessor, Lynn Imperator, applied for the award last year, knowing Cornwall was deserving of the title.

"It's the sense of community and the students' commitment to being the best they can be in whatever field that is," says Imperator.


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