Education

Kumpf Middle School Graduation

5982c0cc17219055c6cf_DSCF6922.JPG
School Administrators, Board of Education Members and Mayor Bonaccorso await the graduating class Credits: Elizabeth Clee
3b1c8b7dfa8cc1a5fa83_DSCF6921.JPG
Graduates arrive and prepare for the opening of the 2014 ceremony Credits: Elizabeth Clee
7c62b2f3c4b43409c0b0_DSCF6926.JPG
Ryan Rutano sings The Star Spangled Banner Credits: Elizabeth Clee
0ad29e1db761ea787547_DSCF6968.JPG
Principal Jennifer Feeley welcomes the graduates Credits: Elizabeth Clee
cf4e20562fcf1fd9e703_DSCF6976.JPG
The graduates listen to Principal Feeley's address Credits: Elizabeth Clee
8c05062bd57f1c33811d_DSCF6928.JPG
Salutatorian Leah Cherukara Credits: Elizabeth Clee
9a30c0ccb6d87315fd53_DSCF6937.JPG
Superintendent Kenneth Knops addresses the graduating class Credits: Elizabeth Clee
e93f65223f803d5e57ea_DSCF6941.JPG
Assitant Principal Cloutier announces special awards to three graduates Credits: Elizabeth Clee
707564c5d297aa9f5568_DSCF6938.JPG
Reesha Gandhi recieves Attendance Award Credits: Elizabeth Clee
35bfad0fc787a628a5a8_DSCF6930.JPG
Graduates prepare to recieve diplomas Credits: Elizabeth Clee
0be6e0791df37d73b6e7_DSCF6962.JPG
Amy Wysocki performing roll call of graduates Credits: Elizabeth Clee
34654e2aca14ec5dc2d3_DSCF6960.JPG
George Visconti performs graduate roll call Credits: Elizabeth Clee
e4bf9345acb8da79eea1_DSCF6975.JPG
Valedictorian Gregory Zukowski gives farewell address Credits: Elizabeth Clee
66bdd45cfc90fc732a04_DSCF6978.JPG
The Kumpf band accompanied their classmates during graduation Credits: Elizabeth Clee
5982c0cc17219055c6cf_DSCF6922.JPG

CLARK, NJ – Carl. H. Kumpf Middle School held graduation ceremonies for one of the largest classes of eighth graders in school history on Wednesday evening in the gymnasium of Arthur L. Johnson High School.  Graduates filed into the event to Pomp and Circumstance played by the Kumpf band under the direction of Flora Alexander.   The ceremony opened with Ryan Rutano, a member of the eighth grade chorus, singing The Star Spangled Banner followed by Zachery Thornton leading the attendees in the Pledge of Allegiance

A welcoming address was given by Salutatorian Leah Cherukara, followed by a presentation of the class of 2014 by Principal Jennifer Feeley.   In her speech, Principal Feeley spoke of her admiration and respect for the class and how much she has enjoyed her time with them over the past three years.  She talked about how much they have grown and how much more they will grow in their high school years.   She reminded them to, “Keep your dreams big, because they will keep you going.”     She ended her comments by saying she looked forward to hearing about all the great things this class would accomplish as they moved on.

Superintendent Kenneth Knops took to the podium with energetic remarks for the graduating class.  He told of a recent guest speaker who, after visiting Kumpf, commented on how empathetic and respectful this graduating class had been to the story he shared.  Knops urged the graduates to, “Keep your drive and attention and pick good mentors.”  He concluded by congratulating the students on their success and shared a well known Irish blessing he recalled seeing on a plaque in his grandmother’s home as a child. 

Sign Up for E-News

The event continued with three special awards.  The award for perfect attendance was given to Reesha Gandhi.  Reesha was the only graduate with no absences on record during the entire three years of middle school.   Principal Feeley commented that she has been waiting to be able to grant this award to a student during her six years as principal at Kumpf.   The award for Citizenship was given to Ryan Spallone.  Teachers were quoted as saying, “He never takes the easy way out and understands that hard work is essential to success.”  Feeley said of Ryan, “He makes me feel good about our future.”  Finally the Faculty Award went to Tyler Bohm.  One teacher said of Tyler, “He is always a gentleman, holding doors for others and letting others speak before himself.”

Diplomas were presented by several members of the Board of Education and school administrators.    The roll call of graduates was shared by two Kumpf students, George Visconti and Amy Wysocki.  

The final farewell address was given by the class Valedictorian Gregory Zukowski.   In his address to his classmates Gregory shared memories of the accomplishments of the class of 2014 in each of the three years at Kumpf.   He spoke with clarity about the potential the future held for all of them and about how far they had all come in terms of maturity. He ended by thanking the teachers for helping all the students to achieve success.  The evening closed with a promise of bright futures for all graduates as they exited to the Kumpf band playing March Royale.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Clark

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_f9271be7c50b3bea46af_open_house_roselle

Wed, July 25, 9:00 AM

Durham School Services School Bus, Roselle

Hiring Event Open House Durham School Services ...

Business & Finance

Carousel_image_c78b21e6ed44eb79278a_burned_out

Wed, July 25, 7:00 PM

Cranford United Methodist Church, Cranford

Wednesday Night Prayer Time at Cranford United ...

Religions And Spirituality

Carousel_image_574768912fb23a4cacc7_bfeb2b8d2a5b0913fb60_2f2194e6f686708fbbc3_pd_fd_bbq

Sat, July 28, 12:00 PM

Clark Recreation Center, Clark

Clark PD vs Clark FD BBQ Cook-Off

Food & Drink Police & Fire

Union County Hosts Events and Programs for Special Needs Residents

July 19, 2018

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to announce a series of programs and events throughout the summer and fall for residents with special needs and their families, coordinated through the new Office for People with Special Needs in collaboration with community partners.

“Union County is committed to providing every resident with more opportunities to enjoy activities ...

Residents Taking Action Against White Supremacist Fliers Found Around Bridgewater, Bedminster, Other Local Areas

July 18, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Residents of Bridgewater, Somerville, Morristown and surrounding communities are mobilizing for action after they found posters around town promoting Identity Evropa, which the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has labeled a white supremacist group.

According to Bridgewater resident Stacey Friedlander, a member of the “Not In Our Town – Bridgewater/Raritan” ...

"Tired of Cronyism? Yeah, us too!"

July 19, 2018

The Union County Freeholders’ decision to appoint State Senator and newly-elected Union County

Democratic Chairman, Nick Scutari’s chief of staff, Ed Oatman as County Manager smelled of corruption

from the start. To place a political consultant like Oatman in the role of overseeing 2,800 employees and

running the day-to-day operations of the $500 million county budget ...

AtlantiCast

AtlantiCast: Episode 18

On this week’s AtlantiCast, you’ll find out how accessing care at Atlantic Health System is now easier, more affordable and closer to home than ever, learn which item from the produce aisle could be the newest weapon against cancer, see what Atlantic Health System, the New York Times and Instagram all have in common and much more.

 

 

Obituaries

Jun 29, 1927 - Apr 23, 2018
Margaret (Peggy) Kirk Leonard passed away Monday, April 23rd, surrounded by her loved ones. Peggy ...
Read more