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Students awarded for Pledge to Graduate

Student winner Tru Aliffi and her parents Mindy and Antonio Aliffi pose with Washington County representatives. From left to right Nikki Dahlstrom, Betsey Urbas, Brent Wartner, Stan Karwoski, and Chief Bill Sullivan. Photo Courtesy of the Office of the Washington County Attorney. 1 / 2
Student winner Joey Slininger with parents Terry and Jay Slininger posing with Washington County representatives. From left to right, Brent Wartner, Betsey Urbas, Chief Pete Koerner, Jack LaVold, Charlene Stevens, Alanna Walden, Matt Fenn and Mike Pankoff from Jostens. Photo Courtesy of the Office of the Washington County Attorney2 / 2

In an effort to emphasize the importance of high school attendance and graduation, Washington County students were encouraged to sign the Pledge to Graduate with an incentive of winning a prize. Drawing winners were Tru Aliffi, a student at Skyview Middle School, and Joey Slininger from Park High School. These students were awarded with an iPad and a Jostens class ring.

The Washington County attendance policy is a three-level truancy program for students who have had more than three unexcused absences.

Level one being an invitation for the student and their parents to attend an attendance intervention meeting and level two a meeting to develop a diversion contract with school and county officials. Level three the student and their parents are petitioned to court.

Washington County Attorney Pete Orput said, "If we can make a difference in just one student's life and convince them to graduate from high school, our efforts will be worth it."

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