Education

Class of 2018: Glen Rock High School Graduates 196 Students

42d759b484e7889916e0_Grad_Chorus.jpg
Senior Members of the Glen Rock Choir sing “Omnia Sol.” Credits: Lianna Albrizio
32b0f9e3bc695e857a9f_Grad_Bows.jpg
Glen Rock School Administrators, June 21, 2018 Credits: Lianna Albrizio
26782453e77f6f665352_Grad_Close_Walk.jpg
Glen Rock High School Graduation, June 21, 2018 Credits: Lianna Albrizio
8cec21716925b8391881_Grad_crowd.jpg
Glen Rock High School Graduation crowd, June 21, 2018 Credits: Lianna Albrizio
97b4cde50d023e4318bd_Grad_red_gowns.jpg
Glen Rock High School Graduation, June 21, 2018 Credits: Lianna Albrizio
ea99b0f77bcaa2b2d94b_Grad_hat_toss.jpg
Glen Rock High School Graduation, June 21, 2018 Credits: Lianna Albrizio
42d759b484e7889916e0_Grad_Chorus.jpg

GLEN ROCK, NJ — Under blue skies outlined with fluffy white clouds and a setting sun, 196 eager graduates marched to the dignified tune of “Pomp and Circumstance” on the football field and received their diplomas and said their good-byes during Glen Rock High School’s 60th Annual commencement ceremony on June 21.

Family and friends filled the bleachers as members of the Glen Rock Board of Education led the Class of 2018, who donned red and white caps and gowns, to the center of the turf fields in smiley pairs.

Glen Rock High School is named one of the state’s top high schools by the New Jersey Department of Education. Thirty-one scholarship awards and seven Junior Awards were bestowed, as well as Citizenship Awards from the Glen Rock Education Foundation which went to Laura Yuan whom Board of Education Sharon Scarpelli called a “natural leader,” and to Jun Seo whose qualities she said embody a “model student.”

Sign Up for E-News

The two-hour event included speeches made by student leaders who reflected on their time at Glen Rock High School and the positive changes they’ve seen in themselves during their maturation into adults ready to flee the “bubble” of their small, tight-knit town and “conquer the world.”

“I’m grateful to have grown up in Glen Rock [which] shaped us into who we are,” said Christine Nappi, one of the lineup of student speakers. Nappi added that she will take away “the value” of how to be a friend and neighbor from her education and to never give up in any situation you’re pursuing with love, passion and faith. 

Echoing those sentiments was Kelly Dowell, a school coach and faculty speaker who encouraged students to celebrate the small victories in life and to not focus solely on the accomplishment but the steps they take to get there, which she mused was the “cake” as opposed to the goal or the icing. “Learning to appreciate the process,” she said, “is more important than the outcome.”

Valedictorian Alison Erani agreed to embrace life’s uncertainties and to recognize new responsibilities as opportunities to foster growth, not fear.

“See change as a way to find something better,” she said. “High School is about to become your past. Enjoy the freedom of your new present and the promise of your futures.”

Before students accepted their diplomas and concluded with the proverbial hat toss, Interim Superintendent Bruce Watson left the graduating class with a piece of invaluable advice about finding success: find it in a good attitude.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Fair Lawn/Glen Rock

Conversations with Joan Herrmann: When Men Suffer from Impotence, What Happens to their Female Partners?

Most women, when they're young, believe men are the ones regularly seeking sexual intimacy. That's why later in life, for some male/female relationships, it becomes quite a surprise when it's the woman who is more interested than the man.

Below, Joan taps into her bevvy of experts for answers.

"Intimacy involves feelings of emotional closeness and connectedness with another ...

Belmar Parasail: Soar Into Summer with a High-Flying Adventure Along the Beachfront

July 14, 2018

BELMAR, NJ — As Belmar finally basks in picture-perfect weather, it may be time to check off a summer activity on your bucket list. And for many, parasailing is one of those “must-do” experiences.

At Belmar Parasail, the season is in full swing, offering boat trips from the Belmar Manutti Marina to the beachfront where passengers are lifted 500 feet above the Atlantic Ocean ...

Morristown Happenings: Things to Do in Morristown This Weekend; July 14 - 15

MORRISTOWN, NJ - Jump for joy....it's the weekend! Don't let Friday the 13th scare you away, there are lots of fun things to do in and around town this weekend! Have a great weekend everyone!

Saturday July 14

Tri harder Triathlon; Ginty Pool and Ginty Field; 8:30am

25th Annual George Gramby Softball Game; Cauldwell Playground; 9am

Urban Farm Stand is Open; 14 ...

Glen Rock Police Blotter - July 16

July 16, 2018

During the period between July 9 and July 15, 2018 members of the GRPD handled 255 calls for service, the highlights of which included:

July 9 -10:35 AM – During the course of a motor vehicle stop, P.O. Tarantino arrested a 34-year-old male out of Newark, NJ on an outstanding Passaic County warrant for unpaid child support. The male was transported to the Passaic County Jail and turned ...

Sparta Kiwanis Helps Fund Quinlan's Hero Club Endowment for Child Grief Counseling

July 21, 2018

SPARTA, NJ — The Hero Club at the Joseph T. Quinlan Bereavement Center is one step closer to reality having received a donation from the Sparta Kiwanis. John Quinlan, Director of the Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice foundation, presented the program to the club at their meeting at Homers restaurant. 

Kiwanis member Frank Cannistra introduced Quinlan and Diane Sebzda, Director of ...

Rutgers Hikes Tuition, Student Fees for 2018-2019 Academic Year

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Rutgers University Board of Governors today approved a 2.3 percent hike in tuition and fees, as well as increases for dorm rooms and meals, for the 2018-2019 academic year.

The increase now brings the annual cost for undergraduate students to $14,975, which is $337 more than this past school year.

Student housing will increase 1.9 percent, and ...

Murphy Administration Takes Action to Help Smokers Quit

July 16, 2018

Eliminates Prior Approval for Medicaid Tobacco Cessation Medications; Counseling Options to be Expanded

TRENTON, NJ – The Murphy administration on July 16 announced new steps to help New Jersey Medicaid recipients quit using tobacco by making it easier to receive tobacco cessation medications and counseling.

“Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death and disease ...

Glen Rock Green Team Hosts "Plastic Ocean" Movie Screening July 31

GLEN ROCK, NJ - The Glen Rock Green Team Interns will be hosting a movie screening of the documentary “Plastic Ocean”  on July 31 at 7:30 p.m. in the Borough Hall Council Chambers. Refreshments and food will be provided before the movie and a question and answer session will take place after the movie.

This life changing documentary is about the growing amounts ...

Take the 2018 TAPinto Reader Survey

How often do you read TAPinto?  Have you downloaded the TAPinto APP?  These are a few of the questions for readers in our 2018 TAPinto Reader Survey.

We want to hear from you!

The survey will take less than five minutes to complete and will help TAPinto better serve you. 

Take the 2018 TAPinto Reader Survey.

Thank you.  We appreciate your support and ...

5 Simple Ways to Save Water this Summer

According to the L.A. Times, the average American uses an estimated 98 gallons of water EACH day.  

Here are five simple ways you can save water, to help you conserve water this summer and take some pressure off of your drains.

1. Unless you are using it, turn the faucet off. How many of us still leave the water running while we shave or brush our teeth?According to ...