LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Executive Producer of East Main Media and TAPintoTV, Brian Brodeur, hosted a panel discussion to celebrate Passaic Valley Regional High School’s 80 Years of Excellence.

The panel was moderated by Alexandra Paese, Passaic Valley Class of 2021, and consisted of Totowa Mayor, John Coiro, Passaic Valley Class of 1977, Little Falls Mayor James Damiano, Passaic Valley Class of 2004, Woodland Park Mayor Keith Kazmark, and Dr. Joann Cardillo, Passaic Valley Superintendent.

Ahead of the mayors' panel discussion, Dr. Cardillo spoke about the wide range of educational interests demonstrated by PVHS students. "In the last five years, many of our top ten students have been accepted to Ivy League schools," Cardillo noted.

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While PVHS has students who have been accepted to Ivy League institutions, many students also take advantage of the strong relationships that PVHS has built with Montclair State University, William Paterson University, Eastwick College, Bergen County Community College and Passaic County Community College.

Moderator Alexandra Paese started the panel discussion by asking the members about their favorite high school memory at Passaic Valley (PV). 

“My favorite memory from high school was the meeting we had before our first class. All of our friends would get together every morning and discuss what we were going to do that day and that night. It was a good meeting place for all of us,” Mayor Coiro said.

Moderator Paese then asked the panel how PV prepared them for their future careers.

“I don’t know if I’d be sitting here if it wasn’t for the political and economic class I took my senior year with Paul Hoelscher who was a social studies teacher at PV,” Mayor Kazmark explained. “He also was and still is now the mayor of Harrington Park in Bergen County. Our homework from Labor Day to Election Day was to log 10 hours a week into a political campaign as a volunteer. I think that is what sparked me to get involved in politics, ultimately landing a career in government, and that without question has brought me to where I am today.” 

When asked to describe PV in three words by Ms. Paese, the three mayors all had different answers.

“Academics. Athletics. Fun,” Mayor Coiro said.

“I’m going to preface my answer a little bit by saying if you’ve gone to Passaic Valley, you’ll know what I mean. The three words I would use to describe PV are ‘Green and white’,” Mayor Damiano said.

“Pride. Spirit. Community,” Mayor Kazmark said.

At the end of the panel discussion, Mayor Damiano highlighted what he is most excited about. “The thing I can tell you that I am most excited for is that I cannot wait for my kids to attend Passaic Valley high school. To graduate from the same school that I went to, my parents went to, and to see what they get out of it. Because I know what you put in is what you get out. If you give it your all, Passaic Valley really is the place to be.” Mayor Damiano said.

On Friday, June 11th Passaic Valley High School celebrates its 80th anniversary with a time capsule presentation. Live-streaming of the event will be available on their social media channels.

To learn more about the event and PV, visit https://www.pvhs.k12.nj.us