Chatham High seniors Ryan Chase and Timothy Higgins have received appointments to two different U.S. service academies, joining their respective classes of 2022.
Chase was accepted at the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, and Higgins was accepted at the United States Military Academy at West Point.
After a rigorous application process, which includes securing a nomination from CD-11 Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, the CHS seniors will attend their respective academies.
“Ryan is a very polite, respectful, and thoughtful student," Sean Newcombe, Chase’s counselor at CHS, said, "He is respected by both teachers and peers. I was thrilled to learn he has been accepted to the US Naval Academy. Ryan is a strong student and leader. He is socially conscious and generous with his time and talents. He will make an excellent candidate at the Naval Academy.”
Based on his academics and service to his community, Chase was selected into the National Honor Society his junior year and the Chinese Honor Society his sophomore year. He has earned Honor Roll or High Honor Roll every marking period all three years.
Chase is very athletic and competitive. He has been a member of the soccer team since his freshman year playing striker. He is a strong player and is exceptionally fast. He also is a member of the varsity lacrosse team. He is a leader on his team and conducts himself with the utmost respect. He also plays on a lacrosse summer club team which travels out of state for many tournaments.
Chase will be playing lacrosse in college for the Naval Academy. He is also involved with the Chatham Key Club, an organization in which students volunteer their time in the school and community through various service projects. He is a member of the Teens Connecting with Teens club, which pairs students from Chatham with special needs students from the ECLC School in Chatham.
In the summers, Chase is a camp counselor and works in maintenance at a local pool. He also helped create a clothing company with a couple of friends. The company is called Idyllic. He is currently the CFO of the company. At the company, they design, produce and sell t-shirts. They have used the profits from the company to help out different organizations at the school.
Andrea Murphy, Timothy Higgins’ counselor at CHS, said, “I am thrilled for Tim and very proud of all of his accomplishments throughout high school. Tim has expressed a genuine interest in the USMA since his freshman year of high school and now will be a Cadet at West Point in August.”
Throughout high school, Higgins has been actively engaged as a varsity athlete on the Men’s Cross Country and Track teams. Tim also serve as a member of Congressman Frelinghuysen’s Youth Advisory Council during his junior and senior years, participating in monthly meetings. Additionally, he enjoyed participating in the NJ Boys State program, where he intimately learned the underlying principles of government organization and functional activity of citizenship practice.
Higgins has been awarded High Honor Roll every marking period and is an active member of the National Honor Society. At the end of junior year, Tim deservingly was recognized at our annual Awards Ceremony with the Dwight D. Eisenhower Leadership Award.
Outside the classroom, Higgins' most memorable extra-curricular experience has been his long-time commitment to the Boy Scouts as Senior Patrol Leader for Troop 8, through which he was recognized with the Scout Scholar Athlete Award. For his Eagle Scout project, he planned and created a sensory garden for a district elementary school.
Higgins is the Vice-President of the Chinese Club and has been a long-time member of the CHS music program in which he plays the bassoon and is also a member of the Tri-M International Music Honors Society.