Three Hudson Valley schools, from different counties, were named National Blue Ribbon schools.

Spackenkill High School, Clarkstown High School South in Rockland County and Somers Senior High School from Westchester County were all named 2018 National Blue Ribbon schools.

National Blue Ribbon Schools are honored at an annual awards ceremony in Washington, DC, where each receives a plaque and flag to signify its exemplary status.

The award honors high-performing schools and schools that are making great strides in closing any achievement gaps among student groups.

Spackenkill's Science Olympiad team finished first in the smalls schools division in the state and one student finished second nationally in the prestigious Siemens Competition this fall, according to the National Blue Ribbon organization.

"Small in size but huge in heart, Spackenkill High School's state-wide reputation for excellence is well-deserved," the National Blue Ribbon wrote on its website honoring the high school.

The National Blue Ribbon School Program was the brainchild of the second Secretary of Education, Terrel H. Bell, in 1982 to bring attention to the best schools in the United States.

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