CRANFORD, NJ – As part of its Student Outstanding Achievement Recognition (S.O.A.R) program, the Cranford Township Committee recognized student Kacey Waleski, Tuesday night at an official meeting.

Waleski, a senior at Cranford High School was honored as a student leader. Her resume includes; captain of the volleyball team, editor of the yearbook, member of the Rotary Interact Club, a member of the Principal’s Advisory Committee, President of the Student Council, a member of PRIDE Leadership and the National Honor Society, as well as a recipient of the Girls Scout Gold Award. 

A Girl Scout since kindergarten, for Waleski community service has always been a priority. For her gold award service project Waleski developed and implemented a plan to label doors and windows at Orange Avenue School to help emergency responders quickly locate sections of the school.

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“This was my proudest accomplishment, I did it because I wanted to help Cranford and do something that would stick and always be there for future students.” Waleski said of her gold award. “It’s a huge honor to be recognized for something I’ve worked so hard for.”

Deputy Mayor Mary O’Connor said, “We want to recognize outstanding students in our community and Kacey is at the top of that list, she consistently demonstrates committed service to her school and community.”

Waleski thanked the town council, Deputy Mayor O’Connor, Sgt. Matt Nazzaro and Miss Campbell, her guidance counselor, for the award.

“It’s an amazing surprise to be recognized,” said Waleski.

The program recognizes student achievements in the arts, sports and community service. The student will be recognized for their commitment to achieving exceptional results and being a positive role model.

The program is open to all Cranford students in grades 6-12, who attend the Cranford public schools, St. Michael School, the Magnet School, private or parochial high-school or home-schooled. The student can be nominated by a mentor, teacher or coach. Nominations can go through the school resource officers, they have a mailbox in every public school or you can drop a nomination off in the PAL mailbox at the municipal building.