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L.E.A.D. Graduation 2019


Approximately 2,000 students from throughout Elizabeth Public Schools attended morning and afternoon Law Enforcement Against Drugs (L.E.A.D.) Class of 2019 graduation ceremonies at the Thomas G. Dunn Sports Center on June 18. Among the speakers at the graduation ceremonies were L.E.A.D. officers Richard Hurler, Jennifer Perez, and Ina Silva of the Elizabeth Police Department; Elizabeth Mayor J. Christian Bollwage; Elizabeth Board of Education President Stephanie Pestana and Board member Stanley Neron; and Elizabeth Public Schools Superintendent Olga Hugelmeyer. Shon Y. Hart, a motivational speaker from LiveInspired, served as the special guest speaker, encouraging students to meet the challenges they face with three simple phrases, “I can. I will. I must.” L.E.A.D. officers Hurler, Perez, and Silva announced the winners of the L.E.A.D. essay contest, to which Elizabeth Board of Education Vice President Diane Barbosa and member Maria Carvalho helped present the awards, and had all of the students stand to recite the L.E.A.D. pledge to end each of the ceremonies.