West Essex High School Announces STARS Honorees

Left to Right:  Jonathan Hilaire of Fairfield, a drum major with the marching band and a member of the concert band, for the arts; Amanda Cassera of Fairfield, a top goal scorer for the field hockey team who recently scored her 100th career goal, for athletics; Zoe Elfenbein of North Caldwell, who serves as president of the National Honor Society and co-captain of the lacrosse team, for leadership; Paige Muzzatti of Essex Fells, who volunteers at her church and does other community service, for service to the community; and John Lor of North Caldwell, who has a 4.586 GPA and is a National Merit Scholarship Commended Student, for academics. Credits: Allison Freeman

NORTH CALDWELL, NJ -The Fall 2012 STARS honorees were announced at West Essex High School this past month on Monday, November 12th.   Gary Suda, the school principal, awarded the STARS designation to members of the Senior Class who had exemplified themselves in specific areas of accomplishment.

Principal Suda explained, “In 1999, Mr. Ned Gladstein, owner of the West Caldwell Shop-Rite, instituted a program called “STARS.”  This program has continued with much success.  Four times a year, students are selected for the honor and their pictures are featured in the Shop-Rite store.  At the same time, Mr. Gladstein awards $1000 to Project Graduation.”

The Fall 2012 STARS were awarded in the following categories:

* ACADEMICS - John Lor of North Caldwell.  John has a GPA of 4.586 GPA.  He is a National Merit Scholarship Commended Student.

* ARTS -  Jonathan Hilaire of Fairfield.  Jonathan is the West Essex Marching Knights drum major and also a member of the Concert Band

* ATHLETICS - Amanda Cassera of Fairfield.  Amanda recently scored her 100th career goal for the West Essex Field Hockey Team, coached by Jill Cosse.

* LEADERSHIP - Zoe Elfenbein of North Caldwell.   Zoe is the President of the West Essex High School National Honor Society and is also the Co-Captain of the West Essex Lacrosse Team

* SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY - Paige Muzzatti of Essex Fells.  Paige volunteers at her church and often participates in Community Service activities

Principal Suda concluded:  “Teachers, coaches, and activity advisors submit to me the names of a junior or senior they feel should receive the nomination.  This program is very worthwhile for the school and the community, and we are all very grateful to Mr. Gladstein.”

For further information:
West Essex High School
65 West Greenbrook Road
North Caldwell, NJ 07006
Facebook Page:  West Essex Regional School District

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