Education

Class of 2015 Graduates from Montville Township High School

5331817a8bcc468c55f0_IMG_1444.JPG
Montville Township High School Class of 2015 Graduation Ceremony  Credits: Courtney Sonn
703d1a7cdb89fdd3bae3_IMG_1431.JPG
Students take their seat at the Montville Township High School 2015 graduation ceremony  Credits: Courtney Sonn
b43c66d9ddfa0c4db752_IMG_1614.JPG
The Montville Township High School class of 2015  Credits: Courtney Sonn
1ab1811f01ff3f39be75_IMG_1380.JPG
The Montville Township High School orchesta plays at the Class of 2015's graduation ceremony Credits: Courtney Sonn
ea871f1fbbbc5e6ce76c_IMG_1535.JPG
Montville School District Superintendent Dr. Paul Fried speaks at the 2015 graduation ceremony  Credits: Courtney Sonn
7eae4604ee8b8a16a1e5_IMG_1548.JPG
Montville Township Board of Education President Karen Cortellino speaks at the 2015 graduation ceremony  Credits: Courtney Sonn
2abe2fe8726056275f5f_IMG_1620.JPG
Students join their family and friends at the end of the Montville Township High School graduation ceremony  Credits: Courtney Sonn
5331817a8bcc468c55f0_IMG_1444.JPG

MONTVILLE, NJ – The 323 student Class of 2015 graduated from Montville Township High School on Tuesday, June 23.

The graduation ceremony took place in the gymnasium of the high school. The decision to move the ceremony inside was made late in the afternoon on Tuesday due to the threat of severe thunderstorms.

The ceremony commenced with a welcome address from Montville Township High School Principal Douglas Sanford who described his special connection with the Class of 2015.

Sign Up for E-News

“This class is a very special one to me personally,” said Sanford. “It was this class, the Class of 2015, that entered Montville Township High School on the same day that I entered this school. We, myself included, began as freshman and became Mustangs in the fall of 2011.”

Sanford was followed at the podium by Class President Genevieve Lake and Student Activities Council President Jay Sirot.

Lake’s address, which began with a selfie taken in front of the podium and looking out at the Class of 2015, included quotes from pop culture figures such as High School Musical’s Troy Bolton and rapper Wiz Khalifa, as well as advice and praise for her classmates.

The highlight of Lake’s speech was when she asked each student in the audience to look under their seats, where all 323 members of the Class of 2015 found hand written notes from Lake with her comments on how they impacted her at MTHS.

“Not a single person in this class has impacted my life,” said Lake. “Every single person in this class has impacted my life.”

Sirot, who advanced to the final rounds of the National Speech and Debate Tournament in June, began his address by acknowledging the difficulty of writing this particular speech.

“I’ve done speech and debate nearly every day of my life, but thinking about what to say tonight, I didn’t really know where to start,” said Sirot.

Sirot then advised his classmates to “live in the now” saying, “The point of prom was not prom weekend, the point of high school was not just getting a diploma tonight,” and finished by thanking every teacher and all family members who have helped the Class of 2015.

Salutatorian Jessica Zhang, like Lake, expressed her bond with fellow classmates, saying, “I feel incredibly connected to you all, Class of 2015.”

Zhang also described her uncertainty for what she would ultimately like to do with her future.

“I have no idea what I want to do with my life,” said Zhang. She then described her current life goals, which include becoming an artist, a scientist, a lawyer, “the first female president, sorry Hillary” or a mermaid.

“Thank you for the memories and the good times and the moments that I will remember for the rest of my life,” concluded Zhang, thanking her classmates once again for their impact on her time at MTHS.

The final student address was given by Valedictorian Asrita Vattikonda.

Vattikonda said she had three groups of people to thank that night, her family and parents, her teachers, and her classmates. She ended her speech by quoting Winnie the Pooh author A.A. Milne, “How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.”

Superintendent Paul Fried and Board of Education President Karen Cortellino also gave the Class of 2015 farewell advice before Principal Sanford presented the student diplomas.

The ceremony was Dr. Fried’s last graduation in Montville Township as he resigned his position in the District at the end of June because of the cap on superintendent salaries in New Jersey.

Fried had a large request to ask of the Class of 2015.

“I want you to save the world,” Fried said.

Fried said that using their imagination, the Class of 2015 could, and should, save the world, which he said is facing some serious problems right now.

Cortellino shared some insight and advice for the graduates, who she acknowledged face great uncertainties in the months to come.

“Personally I don’t like change,” said Cortellino. “But as life has it, change has found me many times.”

Cortellino then advised, “Own the change, shape it, control it, and it will transform you.”

The graduation ceremony also featured addresses by the advisors to the Class of 2015, Janet D’Innocenzio and Michael Micucci, as well as performances by the MTHS chorus and orchestra, before students reunited with their families.

“It is a special day,” said parents Jill and Larry Wolfson, whose son, Adam, was the Treasurer for the Class of 2015.

“We are proud to be parents of an MTHS grad for the third time. We think the school is spectacular and has done a wonderful job preparing the students.”

 

 

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Montville

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_7e5ac2d13988b2d93c4c_3_4h_girl_and_horse

Sat, July 21, 10:00 AM

Chubb Park, Chester

Morris County 4-H Fair

Arts & Entertainment

Carousel_image_e91b431ea3ab48b08c35_sam_jam

Sat, July 21, 12:00 PM

Amphitheater behind the Montville Twp Public Library, Montville

Sam Jam Benefit Concert

Arts & Entertainment Giving Back

Carousel_image_24806eed49ef556255a5_4h4

Sun, July 22, 10:00 AM

Chubb Park, Chester

Morris County 4-H Fair

Arts & Entertainment

Carousel_image_59e5781ac9f1a583cddc_stream_study__2018_tapinto_montville____1.

Sun, July 22, 10:30 AM

Pyramid Mountain, Montville Township

"Stream Study"

Education

Carousel_image_bb7ce05e4dd091b61498_a_pio_costa_auditorium__2018_tapinto_montville___1.

Mon, July 23, 1:00 PM

Montville Township Public Library, Montville

"The Great Gatsby" (2013)

Arts & Entertainment

Montville Township High School Hall of Fame Committee Seeks Nominations

July 19, 2018

MONTVILLE, NJ – The Montville Township High School Hall of Fame Committee has announced that its next induction banquet will be held on April 26, 2019. The committee is currently seeking nominees for its 2019 induction class. 

The MTHS Hall of Fame seeks to honor alumni of MTHS for their exceptional achievements and for being outstanding representatives of the values ...

How About a Montville Twp Staycation?

July 16, 2018

MONTVILLE, NJ – Staying in Montville Township this summer? How about a Montville staycation? There’s lots to do in the township, all throughout the summer.

If you’re free on Tuesday nights, take in some music as the recreation department’s free summer concert series has started. Bands such as the Chapel band, Degrees Below Zero and Arena will be rocking at the ...

Montville's Hero and POW Hjalmar Johansson Dies

July 1, 2018

MONTVILLE, NJ – Montville resident and World War II prisoner of war Hjalmar Johansson died suddenly on June 30. He was 92.

Johansson was a nose gunner in the Air Force during WWII in a B-24 bomber aircraft. He was shot down during his first mission and then survived six months in a German prisoner of war camp. One of 17,000 prisoners, he was freed by the Russian forces. By that ...

Montville Township Public Schools Named National District of Character; Lazar Middle School Named National School of Character

July 12, 2018

MONTVILLE, NJ – Montville Township Public Schools was one of only five districts in the nation to be named a 2018 National District of Character by Character.org, a nonprofit organization that validates character initiatives in schools and communities around the world. In addition, Montville Township Public Schools’ Robert R. Lazar Middle School has been named a 2018 National School ...

Prescription Drug Drop Installed at County Govt. Center in Morristown Offers Safe Disposal Site for Prescription Drugs

July 15, 2018

MORRISTOWN, NJ – Morris County employees and residents now have an additional location, inside the county government complex in Morristown, to safely and conveniently dispose of unwanted or leftover prescription drugs.

A new prescription drug drop box has been added to the lobby of the Morris County Administration and Records Building, which is located at 10 Court St. in Morristown, ...

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

July 19, 2018

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 ...

RE/MAX Neighborhood Properties New Listings

July 18, 2018

Click HERE to see all New Listings.

Columns

OPEN HOUSES This Weekend July 21 & 22, 2018

The following homes have OPEN HOUSES presented by RE/MAX NEIGHBORHOOD PROPERTIES this weekend.

SUNDAY, JUNE 22, 2018:

  From 1 - 4 p.m.

  170 Morris Avenue, Mountain Lakes

  Click HERE to see full listing.

 

  From 2 - 4 p.m.

  4 Meadow Court, Montville

  Click HERE to see full listing.

 

  From 2:30 - 4:30 ...

OPEN HOUSES This Weekend July 14 & 15, 2018

The following homes have OPEN HOUSES presented by RE/MAX NEIGHBORHOOD PROPERTIES this weekend.

SATURDAY, JULY 14:

 From 12 - 2 p.m.

  4 Hickory Drive, Montville

  Click HERE to see full listing.

 

  From 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.

  25 Kanouse Lane, Montville

  Click HERE to see full listing.

 

 From 11 a.m. to 1 ...

Century 21 Open Houses this Weekend

MONTVILLE, NJ - Following are open houses for Century 21 The Crossing this weekend:

Sunday, July 22 from 1 - 4 p.m.

20 Henning Drive, Fairfield

18 Renshaw Drive, Montville 

Sunday, July 22 from 2 - 4 p.m.

3 Louis Drive, Montville

 

AtlantiCast

AtlantiCast: Episode 18

On this week’s AtlantiCast, you’ll find out how accessing care at Atlantic Health System is now easier, more affordable and closer to home than ever, learn which item from the produce aisle could be the newest weapon against cancer, see what Atlantic Health System, the New York Times and Instagram all have in common and much more.

 

 

Pet Corner

Summer Adoption Event at the Montville Animal Shelter

July 17, 2018

MONTVILLE, NJ - If you’re considering  a furry addition to your family, the summer season is the perfect time to provide a shelter dog or cat with a loving home. To encourage pet adoption and bring even more joy to your homes this season, the Montville Animal Shelter is hosting a adoption event on July 28, 2018!

On July 28, 2018 enjoy discounted fees on all animals ...

Summer Adoption Event at the Montville Animal Shelter

July 17, 2018

MONTVILLE, NJ - If you’re considering  a furry addition to your family, the summer season is the perfect time to provide a shelter dog or cat with a loving home. To encourage pet adoption and bring even more joy to your homes this season, the Montville Animal Shelter is hosting a adoption event on July 28, 2018!

On July 28, 2018 enjoy discounted fees on all animals ...