Celtics to Youth: Stay in School

June 03, 2011

More than 700 students honored for perfect attendance, top performance in writing and arts

Boston, MA – On May 26th, The Boston Celtics honored more than 700 Boston Public Middle School students at the 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, PresidentRich Gotham, Boston Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Carol Johnson, and Sport in Society Executive Director Dan Lebowitz praised the students for their hard work, while encouraging them to become leaders in the classroom and in the community.

Over 500 students were honored for perfect attendance during the 2010-11 school year, 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. One student from each school received the “Most Improved Pupil” award, given to the student who showed the biggest improvement in attitude, effort, behavior, and academics.

Celtics In-Arena Host “Coach” Willie Maye served as the Master of Ceremonies, marking his 20th year in the role. The celebration also featured performances from hip-hop artist Lyrical, Beantown Jumpers Double-Dutch Team, and Celtics’ mascot Lucky.

“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 PresidentRich Gothamsaid.  “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.”

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.