SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Spotswood High School senior Karen Mausser joined the Chargers girls tennis team her sophomore year. By junior year, Mausser was a starter, playing second doubles and earning a varsity letter. She played second doubles again this fall and was one of the senior captains as well. Her favorite Spotswood High School teacher was also her girls tennis coach Daniel Krainski.

"He taught me not only how to play tennis, but how to be a part of a team," Mausser said of Spotswood High School Physical Education teacher and coach Daniel Krainski. "He helped me build up my confidence and develop skills that will help me not only in a school environment, but throughout my life."

Mausser was a part of the Chargers winter track and field team during her freshman year and also was a member of the Community Service Club for three years. The Helmetta native has been a high honor roll and honor roll student during her four years at Spotswood High School. Her favorite class is AP Psychology.

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"I find the topics very interesting," Mausser said of the class.

Mausser has a lot of fun memories of her time at Spotswood High School. Spirit Weeks and the Friday pep rallies were special. Mausser will always remember last year's prom as well.

In the fall, she is headed to Brookdale Community College in Middletown. She plans on earing her BS in Criminal Justice and Homeland Security.

The sudden curve thrown into senior year by the coronavirus pandemic has been a huge disappointment to Mausser. Spotswood School District students will be completing the remainder of the academic year through distance learning.

"The whole situation taught me to not take things for granted and to just live in the moment because you never know when things will be taken from you," Mausser said. "I am very sad that my senior year had to end this way. I was looking forward to all the activities and special memories that previous seniors were able to experience. Although it did not end the way anyone expected it to end, I am very thankful to have gone to Spotswood High School alongside all of my friends and create memories that will stay with me forever. I know that this tough time will only make everyone stronger."