ALJ Class of 2017 Valedictorian and Salutatorian honored at BOE Meeting and More

Superintendent Ed Grande, BOE President Jill Curran, ALJ Valedictorian Eric Velasquez and ALJ Principal Rick Delmonaco. Credits: Elizabeth Clee
Superintendent Ed Grande, BOE President Jill Curran, ALJ Salutatorian Krista Ginesi and ALJ Principal Rick Delmonaco. Credits: Elizabeth Clee
Superintendent Ed Grande, BOE President Jill Curran, ALJ Student Board Member 2016-17 Michael Brennan and ALJ Principal Rick Delmonaco. Credits: Elizabeth Clee
Superintendent Ed Grande, BOE President Jill Curran, newly appointed ALJ Student Board Member 2017-18 Saga Elsekhely and ALJ Principal Rick Delmonaco. Credits: Elizabeth Clee
Student Board Member Michael Brennan giving his monthly report on behalf of all Clark students. Credits: Elizabeth Clee
Saga Elsekhely takes oath as Student Board Member for the 2017-18 school year as Principal Delmonaco looks on. Credits: Elizabeth Clee

CLARK, NJ – The June 13 Board of Education meeting began with a tribute to several Arthur L. Johnson High School Seniors that have excelled in academics and activities to benefit not just themselves, but the greater community.

Rick Delmonaco, ALJ Principal was the master of ceremony for this portion of the meeting.  He began by recognizing the valedictorian and salutatorian of this year’s graduating class.   “They have been terrific role models for everybody, the underclassmen and even the younger kids to follow.  They had a spectacular four years at Johnson, the classes they have taken, the hard work they’ve done is just tremendous, “said Delmonaco.

This year’s Salutatorian Krista Ginesi was introduced first.  “In a classroom, to master the GPA she has to, to be salutatorian, is not an easy feat and we are quite proud of her, “ said Delmonaco.   Ginesi will be attending Marist College.

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Next to the podium was ALJ’s Valedictorian Eric Velasquez.   “He is a tremendous example for students, you’ve done a great job we are very proud of you,” said Delmonaco.  Velasquez has selected Princeton University.

The meeting continued with Delmonaco recognizing Michael Brennan for his service during the school year as the Student Board Member.  “Michael does an outstanding job academically and you can tell when he does his presentations how he really prepares, and that he enjoyed what he did, and he has done a great job and we are proud of him,”  said Delmonaco.  

Also recognized at this meeting was an ALJ student, who will represent the students of Clark at the Board of Education meetings starting in the Fall.   Delmonaco introduced Saga Elsekhely, as the newly selected Student Board Member for the upcoming 2017-2018 school year. 

Elsekhely took the oath of office in front of the audience.  According to Brennan and Delmonaco, Elsekhely stood out as highly qualified and quite impressive when they interviewed her for the position. 

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