Morris Knolls Student Spotlight: Marissa Gabel

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Marissa Gabel performing at Morris Knolls Credits: Marissa Gabel
Marissa in Wedding Singer as Grandma Rosie Credits: Marissa Gabel
Marissa during her service project in the Appalichan Mountains Credits: Marissa Gabel
Marissa as Amy Carmichael's mother Credits: Marissa Gabel

DENVILLE, NJ--  TAP into Denville took notice of a Morris Knolls High School student who stands out amongst her peers, and is heavily involved in the student body. This week's spotlight goes to Marissa Gabel, Class of 2015.

Gabel is heavily involved in the student body at Morris Knolls. Her grades are outstanding. She is graduating in the top 20 percent, most likely number 8, of her class. She has had high honors all four years and is a Summa Award winner. Marissa has taken six AP clases. She is a member of nine honor societies, including National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, National English Honor Society, Social Studies Honor Society, Music Honor Soicety, Science Honor Society, Business Honor Society, French Honor Society, and Thespian Honor Society.

In addition to her academics, she is a member of the music department, including treble choir during her freshman year, and chorale, concert choir, women's choir, and madrigals. She has also participated in the musicals at Morris Knolls, including Legally Blonde, The Wedding Singer, and Guys and Dolls. She has been dancing since the age of three at Danceworks in Denville. She is a member of Key Club, LEO Club, and Heart for People, where she is the president.

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During the summer Marissa will be working at Cook's Pond as a gatekeeper, which will be her fourth conscutive year. Also in the community, Gabel is involved with the Christian Drama School of New Jersey, where she acts in the plays and volunteers to help teach and supervise the children. She is a student teacher at her dance studio, where she teaches a ballet class to middle school aged children. Through her church, she will be traveling to the Appalachin Mountains to help rebuild homes with the Appalachin Service Project for the fifth year in a row. Her favorite service project is The Moving Company.

"The Moving Company is my favorite service project. Through Danceworks, we perform at local nursing homes. It's nice performing for the elderly and the people who can't go anywhere. It's nice for them to have a form of entertainment. It's rewarding to see the looks on their faces," Gabel said.

In the fall, Gabel will be heading to University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She will be majoring in dance and math. A weird combination? She agrees.

"Yes, a weird combination. It's a nice mix of the academic and artistic sides of me. I have always loved dance and I have always been good at Math," Gabel said.

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