Schools Pick Up Blue Ribbon Awards Clinton Hands out National Honors to Hunting Ridge and Stevenson

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Byline: Chris Clair Daily Herald Staff Writer

Two years ago, Hunting Ridge Principal David Corbett applied to be recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School mostly to see how the Palatine elementary school stacked up against the best in the state and the country.

He found out in May that Hunting Ridge compares well, indeed. The school was one of four in Illinois and 266 nationwide to be named a Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education.

Another local school, Stevenson Elementary in Elk Grove Village, also was honored. It marked the fourth time a Schaumburg Township Elementary District 54 school has won the blue ribbon. Margaret Mead Junior High School in Elk Grove won in 1996, and both Armstrong Elementary and Michael Collins schools in Schaumburg won in 1997.

On Thursday, Corbett, Palatine Township Elementary District 15 Superintendent John G. Conyers, Stevenson Principal Jan Hanson and District 54 Superintendent Lynn Rauch were in Washington, D.C., to receive the official honor from President Clinton.

"You have proved to us what works," Clinton told districts 15 and 54 representatives and officials from other winning schools.

Corbett gave much of the credit for the award to Hunting Ridge's parent volunteers, who gave more than 8,700 hours to school programs. …