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Montville Twp High School Presents ShopRite Stars at Board of Education Meeting

First marking period ShopRite Stars: Adam Kolides, Jessica Fleischer, Natalie Sliwowski, Jack Motherway, Nicole Feaster Credits: Melissa Benno
New Montville Township High School Assistant Principal David Gelber, Board President Matt Kayne and new Supervisor of Athletics Wayne Guarino Credits: Melissa Benno
Adam Kolides with Board President Matt Kayne Credits: Melissa Benno
Natalie Sliwowski shakes hands with Board President Matt Kayne Credits: Melissa Benno
Robert Haag of Lerch, Vinci & Higgins LLP Credits: Melissa Benno

MONTVILLE, NJ – The first marking period Montville Township High School ShopRite Stars were announced at the Nov. 14 Montville Township Board of Education meeting.

“These Stars were nominated by our faculty members in one of five different categories, and the winners were selected by an administrative committee,” Assistant Principal Kenneth Nadzak said. ShopRite donates $1,000 toward Project Graduation for the Class of 2018, he said.

Academics

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Jessica Fleischer was awarded the academic ShopRite Star. “Jessica began the year with a 4+ GPA and has taken 11 Advanced Placement classes in her time at MTHS,” Nadzak said.  “Jessica is also a member of the National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, an AP Scholar, and a National Merit Scholarship Semi-Finalist.”

Jessica demonstrates her leadership skills through her youth group, BBYO, which is dedicated to community service, social action, education, creativity, recreation, and Jewish heritage, according to Nadzak.

Athletics

Nicole Feaster was awarded the athletics ShopRite Star.  

“Prior to the start of the soccer season, Nicole tore her ACL and was not able to play,” Nadzak said. “For Nicole, sitting on the sidelines simply meant that she was able to become a better leader, cheerleader, and teammate, and after being named team captain, how to be a better leader.”  

Feaster has committed to the University of Delaware, a Division 1 school, where she will play lacrosse and hopes to pursue a nursing degree, according to Nadzak.

Arts

Natalie Sliwowski was awarded the arts ShopRite Star.  

“Natalie has been involved with the performing arts department during each of her four years at MTHS and has been a member of the Marching Band in the Color Guard,” Nadzak said.  “A gifted violinist, she also performs regularly with the Concert Choir. She is a member of the Tri-M Music Honor Society. Natalie has applied to several great colleges and plans to major in Biology, then attend Medical School to become a pediatrician.”

Community Service

Adam Kolides was awarded the community service ShopRite Star.  

“When Adam’s nomination was submitted for this award, a five-page packet was attached,” Nadzak said. “The document was written in Times New Roman, font size 12, and single spaced, listing Adam’s accomplishments, community service projects, leadership positions, and other experiences. It is a little humbling to know that a 17-year old high school senior has a longer, more extensive, and more impressive resumé than mine. However, Adam is most proud of his Eagle Scout Award.”

Leadership

Jack Motherway was awarded the Leadership ShopRite Star. “Jack is the co-president of MTTV, which Jack and another student proposed as a way to communicate directly [via video] with the student body,” Nadzak said. “Jack has also developed his leadership skills through his role as the President of the Class of 2018, president of Film Club, Marching Band Percussion Captain, a member of National Honor Society and Jazz Band, and for the past 12 years, has volunteered at St. Baldrick’s Charity to help children diagnosed with cancer.” 

Other News

The district’s financial audit was found to be very positive, and the district was found to be in a good financial state, according to Robert Haag of Lerch, Vinci & Higgins, LLP, who spoke at the meeting.

The district's website was discussed at the meeting. "The website has been a concern to all of us,” Board Member Dr. Karen Cortellino said, “not just the board but students, parents, and the community at large. It’s a huge undertaking. It’s easy to set aside because it’s such a large project to wrap your arms around. I believe [Superintendent of Schools] René Rovtar and [Communications Officer] Susan Marinello are going to convene a website task force to hear what the issues are, to help improve the website.”

The high school’s new assistant principal, David Gelber was approved and introduced to the board, as was the new supervisor of athletics, Wayne Guarino.

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