MONTVILLE, NJ – Montville Township High School Assistant Principal Kenneth Nadzak presented the ShopRite Stars at the Feb. 6 Montville Township Board of Education meeting.
In the field of academics, Parth Agrawal was awarded a ShopRite Star.
“Parth’s career at Montville has been driven by a desire to meet several lifelong goals,” Nadzak said. “In his own words, he described a desire to learn as much about the world as possible, become a top physician, and simply be the best person he can be. I am proud to report that Parth is well on his way to achieving those goals, and he has certainly placed himself on the right track during his time at MTHS.”
Nadzak said that Agrawal is fluent in three languages, has had scientific research published, and volunteers at Chelsea Senior Living Center, Morris Pediatric Care, and Chilton Medical Center. He is the co-president of the Chinese Honor Society and the founder and president of the MTHS Science National Honor Society.
“Academically, Parth has challenged himself by taking seven AP [advanced placement, or college-level] classes during his time in the building, including four this year, and he proudly maintains a 4.5 GPA,” Nadzak said.
Connor Meytrott was awarded the athletics ShopRite Star.
“Ever since I was introduced to Connor, I knew I would be standing here one day, presenting him with a ShopRite STAR,” Nadzak said. “I just wasn’t sure which one. Connor is a special, well-rounded young man; he’s kind, caring, intelligent, considerate, and extremely talented.”
Nadzak said that Meytrott is an exceptional artist who has won awards and had ceramics pieces displayed at the Morris County Courthouse and William Paterson University.
“He is anxiously awaiting a decision tonight to find out if any of his pieces place at Mt. Olive’s National Art Honor Society Exhibit,” Nadzak said.
Meytrott is also a three-sport varsity athlete in baseball, football, and wrestling, Nadzak said.
“Connor has been the wrestling team captain for the past two years, has an impressive 29-2 record this year, is the reigning Morris Knolls Tournament Champion and Lenape Valley Tournament Champion, and just last night, broke the school record for most career wins with 125,” Nadzak said. “Connor is currently being recruited to wrestle at several top schools and plans to major in engineering.”
Joey Manigan received the ShopRite Star for the arts.
“I can safely declare that, for the past four years, our fall play and spring musical productions would not be nearly as successful or well organized if it weren’t for Joey,” Nadzak said. “From the time that he stepped into his role as a member of stage crew, Joey has gradually assumed additional responsibilities until becoming the true leader behind the scenes. For example, Joey’s initial stage crew responsibilities mostly included filming practices and performances. Joey regularly took his show on the road, and helped film and photograph many special events over the last few years, including various banquets and prom. Joey’s role in stage crew increased in subsequent productions and, by his sophomore year, Joey was assisting in set design and production. Specifically, Joey helped build and paint many of the sets you saw at our shows. Most recently, Joey has assisted in the creation of a comprehensive schedule for all stage crew members during the weeks of set production.”
Nadzak said Manigan is also an active member of Key Club and Film Club, and has been involved in MTTV, the MTHS video news production.
Emily Liao was awarded the ShopRite Star for leadership.
Nadzak said Liao has been actively involved in several important clubs and a leader in each.
“Emily is the vice president of Future Business Leaders of America and Forensics, president of Peers As Leaders (PAL), Wounded Warriors, and Chinese American Youth Chorale of NJ, the recording secretary for her class, and the head of gardening and public relations for the Environmental Club,” Nadzak said. “She is described by the many club advisors who interact with her as one of the hardest working, most dedicated students in our school today.
Nadzak said Liao has taken 13 AP classes and has an “impressive 4.7 GPA.”
Taylor Blicht received the community service ShopRite Star.
“Whether she is acting as the president of Key Club, or a member of R.E.A.C.H., PAL, or DECA, Taylor has volunteered countless hours in the community at the Chelsea Senior Living Facility and Homeless Bus, and has organized two of our largest school events: volleyball marathon and the Thanksgiving food drive,” Nadzak said. “During this past November, Taylor was instrumental in organizing the management of more than 1,000 pounds of donated food items to the Montville Food Pantry. In addition, in the days leading up to Thanksgiving, Taylor organized a delivery effort where 25 local families received food boxes containing non-perishable items, a gift certificate to ShopRite, and a greeting card designed by students in our art classes. As the representative who communicated directly with those families, I know first-hand that many of them would not have had a Thanksgiving meal if it hadn’t been for Taylor’s efforts. What’s more impressive, Taylor did all of this while maintaining a 4+ GPA, which helped lead to her induction in the National Honor Society.”
Stars are nominated by faculty members in one of the categories, and the winners are selected by an administrative committee, Nadzak said. ShopRite donates $1,000 toward Project Graduation for the Class of 2018, he said.
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