Hampton Bays Sixth Graders Take the D.A.R.E. Challenge


Approximately 135 sixth-grade students participated in and completed the D.A.R.E. Challenge this year and were recognized during a D.A.R.E. culmination ceremony on Thursday, January 20, a the middle school.

Led by Southampton Town Policewoman and D.A.R.E. Officer Theresa Tedesco, and with special guest Darren the D.A.R.E. Lion, the ceremony was a celebration of the nine weeks of instruction that the students received about leading healthy, drug-free lives. The D.A.R.E. “graduates” each wore their own black D.A.R.E. tee-shirt to the ceremony.

Essay winners from each class were also awarded a backpack, D.A.R.E. sticker and a medal. Honorable mention essay writers were given a book jacket. Essay winners included Ryan Ferguson from Joanne Abatangelo’s class; Raven Stephens from Lucy Dabrowski’s class; McCaila Grismer from Jamie Maas’s class; Christina Pasca from Erica Marcucci’s class; Armin Bandic from Rick Nydegger’s class; and Maria Campos from Kerri Ottati’s class. 
Students were also rewarded with a pizza party after the ceremony, courtesy of the Southampton Town PBA and Scotto’s Pork Store.