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Danbury's Henry Abbott Tech Makes Quick Work Of Commencement

The Class of 2015 heads into the O'Neill Center at WestConn for the commencement ceremony for Henry Abbott Tech High School. Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
A crowd member cheers on the whole Class of 2015. Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
Maria LoStocco, a member of the Class of 2015, sings the National Anthem. Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
Abbott Tech Principal Stacy Butkus Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
A group of graduates lines up Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
The graduates head into the ceremony. Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
State Rep. Bob Godfrey Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
Happy graduates ! Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
More happy graduates ! Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
Another happy graduate Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
Friends celebrate the graduate Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
State Rep. Bob Godfrey and State Sen. Michael McLachlan Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
WestConn is home for the evening for the Class of 2015. Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris

DANBURY, Conn. -- It was short but sweet as Henry Abbott Technical High's Class of 2015 held its graduation ceremony in just 45 minutes on Monday evening at Western Connecticut State University.

The Danbury-based school, operated by the state, serves students from Easton, Ridgefield, Redding, Weston and Wilton, among many others in western Connecticut.

A total of 150 seniors graduated from the programs offered at Abbott Tech: electrical; carpentry; graphics technology; automotive technology; plumbing and heating; heating, ventilation and air conditioning; hairdressing and cosmetology; computer-aided drafting and design; manufacturing technology; culinary arts; and collision, repair, and refinishing.

The ceremony opened up with the processional. Class President Marina Bacino served as the master of ceremonies. Maria LoStocco, a member of the graduating class, sang the National Anthem.

Principal Stacy Butkus addressed the seniors and their guests.

Speeches were also given by Larisa Chetcuti and Lindsey Japa, who was the valedictorian.

Honored guests for the nights included: State Reps. David Arconti and Robert Godfrey; State Sen. Michael McLachlan; Connecticut Technical High School System board member John Barrasso; Jeffrey Wihbey, CTHSS Assistant Superintendent; Raymond Mencio, CTHSS Consultant; and Donna Risolo, CTHSS Consultant.

Presenting of the awards was Stacy Butkus, Principal; Kevin Durkin and Ted Oczkowski, assistant principals; and Sally Markiewicz and Justin Williams, the senior class advisers.

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