SPOTSWOOD, NJ - The Spotswood Board of Education meeting last Tuesday had a packed agenda. On the list was a referendum update along with a discussion about an upcoming referendum in September. However, before the BOE got down to business, there were smiles and handshakes to be delivered for the spring Students of the Month from Spotswood High School.
Spotswood High School Principal Thomas Calder was on hand to talk about each of the four students being honored at the meeting as proud parents and family members sat in the audience. All but one of the students receiving the award were present.
Andrew Faulkenberry, the SHS March Student of the Month, was unable to attend because he was at a Somerset Patriots game being honored as one of the 2017 Central Jersey All-Stars. Calder spoke highly of Faulkenberry despite his absence, highlighting his academic achievements as well as his contributions in music, drama and throughout the school. The longtime principal also hinted that he would be speaking more about the teen in the upcoming days as the graduation countdown begins. The talented musician and composer will be headed to Rutgers University's Mason Gross School of the Arts in September.
Luisa Lombardo was next up as the April Student of the Month. The National Honor Society member was praised for her strong work ethic and compassionate, friendly personality. Lombardo is well-liked by both the high school faculty and her peers. She is a member of the Octagonal Community Service Club as well as the Yearbook staff. The busy teen also balances her time between school and a part-time job in her family's business.
The May Student of the Month was Michael Cantatore. Cantatore is the senior class president as well as the vice-president of the National Honor Society. The Helmetta native excels in and out of the classroom as a member of the schools award-winning DECA program and an athlete on both the wrestling and spring track teams.
Nikki Prascak was the June Student of the Month and was complimented by Calder for her caring and compassionate nature. The senior volunteers for the school's annual special needs Christmas party and always lends a hand wrapping gifts for needy families during the holidays. Prascak is a member of Community Service Club, the National Honor Society, Math Club and yearbook staff. Somehow the busy student still finds time to play tennis. Prascak was a doubles player for the Spotswood High School girls varsity tennis team.
All of the Spotswood High School spring Students of the Month will be graduating on Friday, June 16 and taking their academic and civic-minded prowess to the collegiate level.