SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Spotswood High School's award-winning DECA program has played a big part of senior Hannah White's time as a Charger. She has been a member of DECA for all four years and finalized with her role plays at each regional competition. In 2018, White and her manual partner Erin Drebych placed fourth at the state level, and she was a state finalist at this year's competition as well. Last year, she went to Orlando during DECA's national competition as a part of the Leadership Conference.
Since DECA has been a large component of the Milltown native's life as Charger, it is not a surprise that one of her favorite Spotswood High School teachers is Business, Vocational, Technical teacher and DECA advisor Kelly Meagher.
"Aside from being my teacher, Mrs. Meagher has been my coach," White explained. "She has coached me to be a better DECA student as well as a better person. I wouldn't have wanted to do the high school experience without her. I am so thankful for Mrs. Meagher and everything she has done."
White's other favorite SHS educator is Science teacher Rima Michaels.
"Mrs. Michaels is my favorite teacher because she has taught me so much about my favorite subject these last two years, science," White said. "I love the subject, but Mrs. Michaels pushes all her students to do well in school, and she always has cool activities that make retaining information super fun!"
The National Honor Society member was a part of the Heroes and Cool Kids program and Peer Mentoring. Outside of school, White spends a lot of time in the pool. She swam competitively with the RVY Riptide all through high school since Spotswood does not have a swim team.
A top Charger memory for White has been the autumn football games. She loved "coming together as a school and community every weekend to cheer on" the Chargers varsity football team.
In the fall, White will be heading down south. She is excited to be attending the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. White plans on studying nursing.