BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Governor Livingston High School has finalized the creation of the Gov. Livingston High School (GLHS) Alumni Association and is encouraging all former graduates to join this newly formed organization to stay connected to the GLHS community.
The mission of the GLHS Alumni Association is to preserve and promote fellowship among present and future alumni as well as support and strengthen the school’s mission for the benefit of its current students. The main objectives of this organization is to develop a professional networking system for former and current students, organize events for fundraising, learning, and socializing.
In addition, the executive committee would like to develop and maintain the GLHS Hall of Fame to recognize the outstanding professional, athletic, philanthropic, and community service achievements of former Highlander students, educators, coaches, and administrators.
Two years ago, current Berkeley Heights School District Assistant Superintendent Scott McKinney '90 [former GL Principal] and current GL Principal Rob Nixon, along with alumnus Mark Pomo '74, created the by-laws, mission statement and foundation of the GLHS Alumni Association.
When Mark Cantagallo '00 was hired as GL Vice Principal last year, he was enthusiastic to get the association started. "This is a good way to raise money for scholarships and create this whole theme. -- There are plenty of great people that have graduated from here," he said. "This is a phenomenal place, why don't we give back to the kids -- network in business through the community as well. If we can keep focused on that, we will build a legacy and celebrate the legacy of Gov. Livingston High School."
The membership drive will be spearheaded by Cantagallo, who will also serve as the association's first executive committee president. Cantagallo has gotten the word out that he is looking to aggressively expand the membership base of the association by registering through the district website www.bhpsnj.org/.
"We estimated that we have had about 18,000 graduates since GL opened in 1960 and we have set a goal of increasing our membership by 5000 this year, " said Cantagallo. "I've reached out to local alumni who have been active in the community over the years and they are very enthusiastic about expanding our alumni association and recognize the benefits it offers to all GL graduates. A number of graduates from the first GL graduating class to recent grads have responded and are excited about the creation of a formal organization that will connect alumni to each other. Many Governor Livingston alumni are professional leaders in their fields, and are working all over the world. Their assistance and mentorship to our young alumni would prove to be invaluable. In addition many former students are amazing community leaders and sharing their stories would be inspiring. We think it's time to organize our Alumni Association in a more formal way and to support Governor Livingston High School, as well as all alumni."
GLHS class of 1974 classmates Pomo, Pete Dellomo, Cindy Stroud Jennings, and Susan Sievering Davis have been organizing their GL Reunions and informal class gatherings over the past 40 years. "Our class has made a commitment to staying connected and the new GLHS Alumni Association will give us another resource to get out class event information and GL community updates,'' said Pomo. "We are looking forward to working with Vice Principal Cantagallo in building alumni membership, fundraising for scholarships, and highlighting networking opportunities for our young alumni. I would encourage all GL class reunion committees to reach out to their classmates and make them aware that the GLHS Alumni Association is up and running. "
John DelDuca, who was a graduate of the first GLHS class in 1961, is excited about the Alumni association and the creation of a GLHS Hall of Fame, "There are so many great successful graduates of GL, and with a new Hall of Fame it will be nice to recognize their achievements," DelDuca said.
John Richel added, "As a 1985 graduate, it is an absolute honor to carry forward the positive impact that Governor Livingston had on me during my time here, and I am positive that once word gets out that this panel has been created, the flood gates will open and many alumni will join us to create something very special."