Belvidere South Middle School principal Ben Commare was presented with the Golden Apple Foundation’s Puri Family Oustanding Principal Award today at a surprise assembly at the school.

Hundreds of Commare’s students, community members and staff cheered him on as he received the 12th annual principal award.  Commare will be recognized again at the 21st Annual Excellence in Education Banquet on April 28 at the Radisson Hotel & Conference Center in Rockford.