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Montville High School ShopRite Stars Named for Third Marking Period

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Erik Kattermann, Mackenzie Lake, David Champion and Jonathan Kraft. Missing from photo: Sydney Kayne. Credits: Melissa Benno
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Sydney Kayne singing at TowacoFest in 2014 Credits: Melissa Benno
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MONTVILLE, NJ – Kenneth Nadzak, Assistant Principal at Montville Township High School, announced the third marking period ShopRite Stars at the April 4 Montville Township Board of Education meeting. This program takes place every quarter at the school. Faculty members nominate students in five categories, and the winners are selected by an administrative committee, Nadzak said. As a result of participating in the program, the students’ photos are displayed in the Parsippany ShopRite, and a donation is made towards Project Graduation, an alcohol-free celebration held for all seniors after the MTHS graduation ceremony.

Academics

Jonathan Kraft was the honoree in the academics category. Kraft, who is also student liaison to the Montville Township Board of Education, was called “a role model for his peers” by the teacher who nominated him.

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“Jonathan serves as a role model for anyone wishing to experience success and willing to put forth the hard work and determination needed to achieve any goal,” Nadzak said.

Kraft has taken 11 AP (advanced placement, college-level) classes during his four years at MTHS, including five this year, according to Nadzak. He has a 4.8 GPA, is the president of the Class of 2017, and vice president of the MTHS Orchestra. In addition, Kraft has earned varsity recognition for 12 straight seasons in cross country, winter track, and spring track & field, Nadzak said.

“If those accomplishments are not impressive enough, Jonathan spent this past summer in Greece working with Syrian refugees,” Nadzak said. “It should come as no surprise that Yale, Brown, and Georgetown have accepted Jonathan for the fall semester and he will be majoring in Business and Finance at one of those universities.”

Athletics

Erik Kattermann was the ShopRite Star in the athletics category.

“Erik is a three-time bowling team captain, four-time Morris County Tournament Champion, individual record holder for the Morris County Tournament with a high game of 300 and high series of 813, and was part of the team that won the State Sectional North II Group II, where he had a high game of 278 and a high series of 708,” Nadzak said. “In addition, Erik has the second-highest bowling average in the state of New Jersey among all high school bowlers, was nominated to 1st team All NJAC South, 1st team All County, and 1st team All State.”

Kattermann teaches younger children in a local league the skills and tips they need to be as successful as he is, according to Nadzak. Katterman’s top college is Rowan and he plans to pursue a career in Marketing, Nadzak said.

Arts

Sydney Kayne was given this award because of her dedication to the Arts Department during her career at MTHS, according to Nadzak.

“She was a member of Drama Club and Concert Choir all four years and, most recently, earned the leading role as Mrs. Tottendale in ‘The Drowsy Chaperone,’” he said. “Sydney was responsible for stealing many scenes as Mrs. Tottendale because of her energy, passion, and special voice. Sydney will be the first to tell you how much these experiences impacted her life, stating ‘music has made me smarter and more intuitive.’”

Kayne is an “active member” of Key Club, according to Nadzak, and is “proud” of her work as a member of the Pathways for Exceptional Children rock band. Kayne has earned a 4.0 GPA and is a member of the National Honor Society, he said. Kayne will be attending the University of Michigan in the fall and plans to major in Psychology with a minor in Music, he concluded.

Leadership

David Champion was honored in the leadership category.

“During David’s time at MTHS, he has played a pivotal role in reshaping the mission of School of Rock,” Nadzak said. “While this club was once celebrated only because of the fantastic music and concerts, School of Rock is now recognized because of the many ways it gives back to the community. David has worked meticulously to plan benefit concerts to raise money for organizations such as Homeless Bus, Emma’s Angels, Eleventh Hour Rescue, Drug Awareness Council, Montville Educational Foundation, and the Carol Simon Foundation.”

Champion is a member of the National Honor Society, Regional Choir, is co-president of School of Rock, won a prestigious award as a member of the MTHS Film Club, and is an Eagle Scout, Nadzak said. Champion plans to attend Muhlenberg College in the fall and major in Film Studies.

Community Service

In the field of community service, Mackenzie Lake was honored as a ShopRite Star.

“Mackenzie has done so much during her time at MTHS to give back to our community,” Nadzak said. “For example, she is a member of R.E.A.C.H. and the president of Key Club. As Key Club president, Mackenzie was responsible for assisting in the organization of Volleyball Marathon in February, which raised $11,000. This money was donated to the Community Food Bank of New Jersey, ACC Cure, and Erika’s Lighthouse. Overall, Key Club raised more than $14,000 this year alone and has over 150 student-members, all of whom are organized by Mackenzie. Additionally, Mackenzie oversaw the Key Club’s Thanksgiving Food Drive, an event that often receives the participation of the entire school. Even though Mackenzie only has two and a half months of high school remaining, she is still organizing events such as Grains of Hope and the ACC Cure Walk. Mackenzie’s top school is Indiana University and she plans to pursue a major in Business.”

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