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Teal Ribbon Run participants in Washington Park

The Columbia Athletic Department raised a record $13,191 at the 18th annual Teal Ribbon Run in Washington Park in September.

For the eighth year in a row, Columbia High School has won the state sportsmanship award from the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA). A total of 348 schools were eligible for the banner award after submitting the Sportsmanship Promotion Survey to NYSPHSAA.

Columbia is one of three high schools to receive the award this year, along with Lisbon Central School from Section X and Center Moriches High School from Section XI, and the only one to win it each year since 2013. Recipients are selected based on extra programs and activities that schools have implemented to promote positive sportsmanship.

“It’s an honor to receive this award on behalf of our student athletes, coaches, parents, community and district,” said Michael Leonard, Columbia Athletic Director. “Our entire Athletic department takes great pride in implementing and participating in many positive sportsmanship programs and activities. These programs and activities have created a positive culture within our athletic programs, school, and community. I am so proud of all of our student athletes and coaches for helping develop and set a positive tone and emphasizing and promoting sportsmanship.”

Some of Columbia’s activities from this school year include: