Photo courtesy of Brian Babineau
The Boston Celtics honored 600 local students for having perfect attendance throughout the 2011-12 middle school year on Thursday morning during the annual Stay in School Assembly at Northeastern’s Matthews Arena.
Thirteen students were cited for not missing a day of school during their three-year middle school careers. More than 700 students received recognition for their outstanding writing and their participation in an art contest while 35 students were honored as M.I.P’s (most improved pupil).
“The Stay in School program continues to be a great way for the Celtics to recognize the hard work and achievement of these outstanding students, as well as the teachers and administrators who help them to reach their goals.” Celtics president Rich Gotham said in a statement.
“They have bright futures ahead of them, and I am proud to be here on behalf of the Boston Celtics to honor them for their efforts towards academic excellence.”
The ceremony was the culmination of a yearlong effort focusing on the acronym P.R.I.D.E. (Perseverance; Respect; Integrity; Decisions; Education), which encourages all students to take pride in their classroom work.
The assembly also featured executive director of sports and society at Northeastern Dan Lebowitz, and Northeastern professor and former Celtics guard Dana Barros.
The Celtics's mascot, Lucky, also performed a dunk show. There were musical performances and a mutli-media presentations.
“Coach” Willie Maye served as Master of Ceremonies.
The Boston Celtics Stay in School program has been in the Boston public middle schools for 21 years, hosting assemblies throughout the academic year. Celtics players also visit schools to help motivate students to work hard and stay in school.
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