Boston Celtics Recognize High Achieving Students At 14th Annual ’Stay in School’ Awards Celebration


Celtics General Manager Chris Wallace took part in the 14th annual Stay in School Awards Celebration, honoring more than 650 Boston public middle school students. Wallace and others recognized the students for their perfect attendance and honored them for their achievements in writing and the arts.

More than 650 students honored for perfect attendance, top performance in writing and arts

BOSTON, MA (May 26, 2005) - The Boston Celtics honored more than 650 Boston Public Middle School students at today's 14th annual "Stay in School" end-of-year celebration at Northeastern University's Matthews Arena, recognizing them for perfect school attendance and outstanding achievement in writing and the arts.

Celtics legend Jo Jo White, Managing Partner and Govenor Wyc Grousbeck and WCVB-TV NewsCenter 5 co-anchor Liz Brunner congratulated the students for their achievements. A total of 527 students were honored for perfect attendance during the 2004-05 school year, and 20 were cited for not missing a day of school during their three-year middle school careers. In addition, another 87 students received recognition for outstanding writing, while 57 were honored for their participation in an art contest.

"The Boston Celtics are proud to honor these students who put the maximum effort into their education," Managing Partner and CEO Wyc Grousbeck said. "The Stay in School program is a great way to recognize these students' hard work and achievement in the classroom."

"I am proud to honor these students who make the commitment to come to school every day," Celtics legend Jo Jo White said. "Success in life starts with putting forth your best effort in the classroom."

Other attendees included Peter Roby, Executive Director of the Center for the Study of Sport in Society at Northeastern University; and Superintendent of Boston Public Schools Dr. Thomas W. Payzant. Fox Sports Net New England personality Willie Maye served as master of ceremonies.

"The Stay in School program was a fitting tribute for these students who had gone the entire year without missing a day of school as well as those who had achieved excellence in their schoolwork," Brunner said. "Those were remarkable achievements, and the Boston Celtics should be commended for honoring these students."

The Stay in School program is a collaboration among the Celtics, the New England Sports Museum and Boston Public Schools. The program utilizes athletes to motivate students to improve their attendance. This year, Celtics players visited five of the 27 Boston middle schools to deliver an important message with the acronym PRIDE - Positive mental attitude, showing Respect for others, making Intelligent choices, pursuing realistic Dreams and goals, and, most importantly, putting Effort into education.

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