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STARS Graduation Celebration Honors 5th Graders

Marianne Angelillo talks with STARS fifth graders about the importance of smart decision making durnig the 9th annual STARS graduation celebration.  (Dan Kspuscinski photo)

SKANEATELES, NY (June 13, 2017) – Fifth grade students at State Street Elementary gathered on Friday afternoon in the Skaneateles High School auditorium for the 9th annual STARS graduation celebration.

STARS signifies – Students who Think and Act Responsibly Succeed – and gives students guidance in prevention education in relation to drinking, drugs, texting and driving, and other health related issues.

The hope for the program is to arm students with the ability to make smart and educated decisions about drugs and alcohol, giving them the knowledge, courage, and determination to be a STAR.

Retiring State Street Principal Stephen Widrick and teacher Ellen Wolford opened the ceremony, before welcoming Marianne Angelillo to the stage as the day’s keynote speaker.

Angelillo spoke with students about the importance of smart decision making while telling the story of her son Matthew Angelillo, who tragically lost his life in June of 2004.

Following Angelillo’s remarks, student Tommy Cattalani was recognized as the winner of the STARS t-shirt design contest.  All graduates and teachers that were a part of the program were given STARS t-shirts, sponsored by the Anaren Corporation, featuring Cattalani’s design.

The celebration also included the presentation of several student produced bumper sticker drawings and PSA videos warning others about the dangers and effects of drugs and alcohol, as well as texting and driving.

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Lynda Quick
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Skaneateles, NY 13152