Administrators and board members from the Commack School District attended the 2021 National Blue Ribbon Schools Award Ceremony in Washington, D.C. in recognition of Commack High School earning National Blue Ribbon status. The district was notified last month of the high school’s selection in a letter received from the U.S. Secretary of Education, Miguel Cardona.
The two-day event, hosted annually by The Department of Education, began on Thursday, November 4 with an opening ceremony introducing the honorees. On Friday, November 5, the awards ceremony commenced, which included the presentation and acceptance of awards as well as multiple congratulatory speeches from key figures in the field of education in the United States.
Board of Education President Steve Hartman, Superintendent Dr. Donald James, Principal for Leadership and Instruction Ms. Leslie Boritz, and Principal of Commack High School Ms. Carrie Lipenholtz were all in attendance at the ceremony to celebrate Commack High School’s extraordinary accomplishment.
Commack High School was among a select 325 schools in the nation – out of over 98,000 K-12 public schools and over 30,000 private elementary and secondary schools* in the country – recognized for creating safe and welcoming environments where students master challenging and engaging content. Speakers at the 2021 ceremony highlighted each school’s academic excellence and exemplary ability to keep students healthy and safe given the unique challenges of the past year and a half.
For more information about the Commack School District, please visit the district’s website at www.commack.k12.ny.us.
* Research.Com, “101 American School Statistics: 2020/2021 Data, Trends & Predictions,”
June 10, 2020 (https://research.com/education/american-school-statistics)