Celtics Hold 20th Annual Stay in School Awards

BOSTON (May 26, 2011) – The Boston Celtics honored more than 700 Boston Public Middle School students at today’s 20th annual “Stay in School” end-of-year celebration at Northeastern University’s Matthew’s Arena. They were recognized for perfect school attendance and outstanding achievement in writing and the arts.

Celtics Legend Dana Barros, President Rich Gotham, Boston Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Carol Johnson and Executive Director of Sport in Society at Northeastern University Dan Lebowitz, congratulated the students for their achievements. Over 500 students were honored for perfect attendance during the 2010-11 school year, and 13 were cited for not missing a day of school during their three-year middle school careers. In addition, over 700 students received recognition for their outstanding writing and their participation in an art contest. 33 students were honored as M.I.P’s (most improved pupil).

“The Stay in School program has been and will continue to be a great way to recognize the hard work and achievement of these outstanding students,” Celtics President Rich Gotham said. “These students have a bright future 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.”

Additional attendees included Boston-based hip hop artist Lyrical and Celtics In-Arena Host “Coach” Willie Maye served as Master of Ceremonies.

The Boston Celtics “Stay in School” program, now in its 20th year, is collaboration among the Celtics, the Sports Museum of New England, Arbella Insurance Group and the Boston Public Schools. The program encourages students to achieve perfect, on-time attendance and recognizes outstanding work in writing and the arts.