St. Mary's grads offer advice to students: Get involved

Giovanna Ambroselli, 17, of Whitestone, screams in happiness

Giovanna Ambroselli, 17, of Whitestone, screams in happiness next to Catherine An, 18, of Lynbrook, at St. Mary's High School graduation at Long Island University in Brookville. (June 2, 2012) (Credit: Brittany Wait)

For Janelle James, high school was about more than just academics.

The 17-year-old recalls playing the role of the wicked stepmother in the school play “Cinderella” last October. Feeling the stage lights hit her face. The crowd cheering encore after the curtains dropped.

“High school taught me to be the best that I could be and I learned that I loved to be in front of people on stage,”...

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