BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The newly created Gov. Livingston Alumni Association is off and running and has tripled its membership in just the past three months. All former Highlanders, teachers, coaches and administrators are encouraged to join to stay connected to GLHS, as well as to the Berkeley Heights and Mountainside communities. The next meeting of the GL Alumni Association will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 11 in the Conference Room at GLHS.
Gov. Livingston Assistant Principal Mark Cantagallo has also announced the first annual GL Alumni Association Scholarship, to be awarded to a male and female graduating senior who meet the following criteria: academic achievement, participation in a club/activity all four years of high school, a propensity to be a leader, community service, and plans to attend post graduate educational program.
The Alumni Association Scholarship recipients will be selected by the GLHS Scholarship Committee as part of the GLHS Annual Awards Ceremony, which currently awards approximately 30 scholarships each spring.
The Alumni Scholarship will initially be funded by alumni contributions made to the association. The GLHS Alumni Association is hoping to expand on this award in the future with the help and generosity of new donors, sponsors, and friends. Donations for the scholarship fund are currently being accepted. Checks should be made payable to Governor Livingston High School and mailed to: GLHS Alumni Scholarship, Attn: Mark Cantagallo, 175 Watchung Blvd., Berkeley Heights, NJ 07922.
To learn more about the Gov. Livingston High School Alumni Association or becoming a member, please visit the district website and click register to join. Further questions about the Alumni Scholarship can be directed to Mark Cantagallo at MCantagallo@bhpsnj.org.
Shining the Spotlight on GLHS Past and Present
The GLHS Alumni Association is asking for you to Shine the Spotlight on former classmates, teachers, or anyone connected to GLHS to celebrate and recognize their accomplishments. Let us know of any GL Alumni whose professional, athletic, cultural, spiritual, community, or philanthropic accomplishments or endeavors you would like to share. The GLHS Alumni Association is proud to feature the following students, alumni and teachers.
The prestigious Moody’s Mega Math (M3) Challenge, a one-of-a kind national math competition which drew over 5,000 students, awarded third place to a team of five students from GLHS earning them $10,000 in scholarships. The students were asked to use mathematical modeling to determine the best solutions for issues facing the future of mobility, from car-sharing to driverless technologies. The competitors (teams) were initially given 14 hours to develop a solution to this multi-faceted problem. The field was then narrowed down to six schools including the GLHS team, who were invited to NYC to present their solutions to a panel of judges. The GLHS "Math Dream Team" consisting of seniors Alex Ju and Anna Song and juniors Gianna Miggins, Michael Wu, and Niyant Narang delivered an outstanding mathematical solution to the real world problem at hand and secured an amazing third place finish. GLHS Students Finish Third in the National Moody’s Mega Math Challenge, Meet Accomplished GL Grad David Baraff
Coincidentally, one of the guest speakers happened to be Dr. David Baraff, a 1983 GL grad, who is a Senior Animation Scientist at Pixar. Dr. Baraff has done some pretty amazing things since leaving GL, including receiving a Scientific and Technical Academy Award (2006) for his work in the motion picture industry. (More on our GL math stars and Dr. David Baraff)
Sharon Leahy Named GLHS Educator of the Year
Social Studies teacher Sharon Leahy has been named the GLHS Educator of the Year for her outstanding creative work in the class room. This is the second time (2010), in the past six years that Leahy has been recognized as the high school's educator of the year. In addition to her great work in the classroom, Leahy also serves as an advisor to the Interact Club and is the Highlander varsity golf coach. In 2013 she was honored by the Courier News as their Golf Coach of the Year as she led the golf team to the Union County Tournament Championship.
Highlander Alumni Newsmakers
Tim Shallcross -GL Class of 1978 – Now an Ironman Triathlete Shallcross, at 55 years old, recently placed second in his age group at a USA Triathlon Sanctioned Event which qualified him for the USA Triathlon Age Group 2016 National Championship in Omaha in August. A former multi-sport athlete at GL and Div. I college wrestler, Shallcross, a recently retired Wall Streeter (35 yrs.) is sharing training, leadership, and motivational techniques as a Director at Walton Endurance. (More on Tim Shallcross)
Chris Roof - GL Class of 1992 - Coach Chris Roof, who has guided the GL baseball team for the past 14 seasons, has the Highlanders once again playing great baseball this spring. He has a young Highlander squad in the up coming semi-finals of the UCT and will be looking to defend his 2015 State Championship later this month. Coach Roof, who has a career record at GL of 259-107, has led the baseball team to two NJ State Baseball Championships and assisted on another. (More on Coach Roof and GL baseball)
Kevin Ferguson- GL Class 2011- Will be graduating from Army West Point (DI) this spring being a 4-year basketball starter. The 6-10 center will be leaving West Point as the Black Knights All-time leader in field goal percentage (.627) and blocked shots.(205). He led Army to 19 wins this past season, the most the Black Knights have had since 1978 and scored 1059 career points. (More on Kevin)
Keith Skinner - GL Class of 2012 - Skinner is hitting .406 with 58 hits, 2 homers, and 27 RBI through 40 games this season for the University of North Florida(DI) leading the Ospreys to a 26-15 record. His .406 average is currently good for the 22nd highest in NCAA Division I Baseball this season. If you want to catch Keith in action one last time locally, UNF will be playing NJIT in Newark for a 3 game set May 19-21. (More on Keith)
Upcoming Reunions and Events
- GL Alumni Association Meeting at 7:30 p.m. on May 11th at Gov. Livingston HS
- The GL Class of 1971 will be holding their 45th reunion at the Red Oak Grille, Basking Ridge, NJ on July 9th from 6:30 to 10 p.m.
- The GL Class of 1974 will be hosting a Class of '74 60th Birthday Party at the Murray Hill inn, New Providence, NJ at 7 to 11 p.m. on Oct. 1st