MONTVILLE, NJ – Montville Township High School Asst. Principal Kenneth Nadzak announced the second marking period ShopRite STARS at the Feb. 4 meeting. The students, all seniors, were nominated by faculty members in one of five different categories, and the winners were selected by an administrative committee, he said. In addition to the recognition of the students, ShopRite donates $1,000 toward Project Graduation for the Class of 2020.

Academics

Ryan Dratler was recognized in the field of academics.

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“Ryan has demonstrated a tremendous amount of academic growth over the course of the past four years,” Nadzak said. “Ryan began his freshman year enrolled in four honors-level classes, and he began his senior year taking four advanced placement-level courses. Ryan attributes his success to developing good study habits and organizational skills, which he has applied to other areas of his life. For example, Ryan is a leader on the Forensics team, co-president of the Teen Advisory Board at the Montville Township Library, and more importantly, as director of communications of the New Jersey Student Climate Advocates. Through his participation in this organization, Ryan has attended many events including a U.N. Youth Summit, U.N. Conference, Alliance for New Jersey Environmental Education Meeting, and this past November, Governor Murphy’s press conference at the Liberty Science Center, where he was able to see former Vice President Al Gore. Ryan has helped write policy to incentivize clean energy, and plans to help introduce this into state legislation later this month.”

Nadzak and Dratler are creating a committee at the high school dedicated to creating social change, and helping to give students a voice, Nadzak said. Dratler is still applying to several schools, but plans to pursue degrees in public policy, marketing, and psychology, according to Nadzak.

Athletics

Michael Conrad was honored in the field of athletics.

“Michael is a rare three-sport varsity athlete in baseball, football, and wrestling,” Nadzak said. “Despite his talent on the field, Michael’s passion is on the mat. Michael qualified for the state tournament last year, and is a two-time winner of the James Iradi Wrester of the Week Award. This year, and with a 25-0 record, Michael is the Morris Knolls Tournament Champion, Lenape Valley Tournament Champion, Sam Cali Tournament Champion, and Morris County Tournament Champion. Michael has also served as an outstanding role model for younger athletes; he mentors members of the Broncos Youth Wrestling and Football leagues.”

Conrad helps out at the Michelle Sullivan Fund Tournament, Montville Duals Tournament, St. Pius, Homeless Bus, and Morris Habitat for Humanity, according to Nadzak.

“Most impressively, Michael is able to do all of this while maintaining good grades, and for the first time in his high school career, taking an advanced placement-level class during his senior year,” Nadzak said. “Michael is committed to wrestle at the Stevens Institute of Technology in the fall, and plans to explore his interest in engineering.”

Arts

Anna Rehberg was honored in the field of the arts.

“Anna was nominated for this award because of the impact she has had on our music program over the past four years,” said Nadzak. “In that time, Anna has experienced a lot of individual success, including becoming the vice president of Tri-M, assistant vocal director of the spring musical, and Drama Club’s vice president of house management. In addition, Anna has been a member of the New Jersey Mixed Chorus for the past two years, was selected to Regions Choir each of her four years at MTHS, and has been Top 15 in her section every year, and top five for the past three years.

“Anna was selected as the recipient of the New Jersey Governor’s Award in Arts Education, an honor bestowed upon only four students statewide. Anna has also been a member of the varsity lacrosse team for three years, and volunteers her time to teach religious classes at St. Pius. Anna is still applying to colleges, but plans to major in music education,” Nadzak said.

Community Service

Stefan Krysyna was honored in the field of community service.

Nadzak said that Krysyna was featured in a news article in 6th grade for shoveling hydrants, driveways and walkways of several elderly neighbors during a bad snow storm. In 9th and 10th grade, Stefan was featured in a local article after he organized a haunted hayride in his backyard for Halloween, and charged admission, with 100% of the proceeds going to Homeless Bus (read about it here).

“Stefan didn’t ask for the articles to be written,” Nadzak said. “Rather, members of our community saw a student making a difference in the lives of others, and felt that Stefan deserved the recognition. He did then, and he does now. Stefan is one of the hardest working, caring, kind-hearted, funny, smart, and courageous students I have had the pleasure of working with. This school year, Stefan is taking a partial day schedule, completing coursework toward graduation in the morning, and working for our school district in the afternoon. Additionally, Stefan is a junior firefighter, and on Feb. 10th, he was promoted to a senior firefighter here in town. Stefan’s acts of bravery and selflessness will continue; in the fall, Stefan plans to attend County College of Morris, then enroll in the police academy to become an officer.”

Leadership

Emili Dimoski was honored for her leadership.

“The phrase ‘be the change you want to see in the world’ comes to mind when I think of Emili,” Nadzak said. “Emili leads by example, and for four years, has worked to make MTHS a more safe and accepting environment. Emili has been able to accomplish this through her compassion for others, her ‘take-charge’ attitude, and her vision. Although Emili serves on the Teen Advisory Board of the Montville Township Library, her greatest and proudest achievement is the work she has done through our MTHS Gay-Straight Alliance. For example, Emili has helped to educate our student body, generate more interest in the GSA through active recruitment of new members, create more awareness of LGBTQ issues, fight back against hate, and lead the way to making MTHS a more positive school for all. One of the ways that Emili has accomplished this more recently is through the GSA PSA, which is a daily message read as part of our morning announcements. Emili will be attending Rider University in the fall, and plans to pursue a degree in entrepreneurial studies, with a minor in sustainability.”

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