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New inductees named to Shelton High School Hall of Fame

September 24, 2018

Shelton High School’s Hall of Fame has eight new members.

The new members will be inducted during a banquet to be held at 6 p.m. October 20, 2018 at the high school, 120 Meadow Street.

Established in 2017 as a way to recognize and honor those who have excelled in their dedication to the community and who have made outstanding contributions to the school and the world, the inductees this year include: Celeste Beattie, James Benanto, Anthony Branca, Louis Dagostine Sr., Raymond T. Gildea Sr., Edward Marocco, Joseph Pagliaro Sr. and Timothy J. Walsh III.

Beattie was a biology and physical education teacher at Shelton High School for 36 years. She served as the assistant basketball coach from 1962 to 1979.

Benanto served as a physical education teacher for eight years, as the district’s Athletic Director from 1978-2005, and as a football, basketball and track and field coach. He started middle school athletics and added wrestling, boys and girls volleyball, indoor track, golf, hockey and boys swimming at the high school.

Branca, a 1972 Shelton High School graduate and football and track and field athlete, has continued to coach football at Shelton High School for 43 years.

Dagostine, a 1961 Shelton High School graduate, worked in the Shelton Public Schools for 34 years as a teacher, counselor and principal of Lafayette School.

Gildea worked in Shelton Public Schools as for 34 years as a high school math teacher, math department chairperson, athletic director, computer center director and Director of Finance for the district.

Marocco, a 1967 Shelton High School graduate, was a social studies teacher at Shelton High School and Shelton Intermediate School. He served as head baseball coach at Shelton High from 1979-2008. .

Pagliaro, a 1958 Shelton High School graduate, was a member and past president of the Lower Naugatuck Valley Boys and Girls Club, and served as a board member of the Parent Child Resource Center. He also served as chairman of the Shelton Planning and Zoning Board and was a founding member of the Valley Community Foundation.

Walsh, a 1950 Shelton High School graduate, served as a teacher and school administrator of Fowler School, Shelton Intermediate School and Shelton High School

Tickets to the banquet are $50 per person. Checks made payable to Shelton High School Hall of Fame may be sent to: Shelton High School Hall of Fame, 120 Meadow Street, Shelton, CT c/o Dr. Beth Smith. The deadline for purchasing tickets is October 10.

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