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Speaker: ‘Your Actions Count’

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To teach ninth- and 10th-graders that the manner in which they conduct themselves now will have a direct impact on their futures, the high school invited retired Suffolk County police officer Paul D. Failla to speak to them.

Failla, who gains students’ attention through humor, drama, song, role-playing and real-life experiences, engaged the students in conversations about their futures and their actions, including what they post to social media.

“All of your actions count and have a direct effect on everyone around you,” he said as he acted out a dramatic monologue about a father whose teenage son is caught robbing gas stations.

“We hope the program showed students that the way they conduct themselves has a direct correlation to the level of success and achievement potential they will have in life, not just in school,” said Principal Dan Holtzman.