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Third Marking Period ShopRite Stars Honored by Montville Board of Ed

Third marking period ShopRite Stars ©2018 TAPinto Montville Credits: Melissa Benno

MONTVILLE, NJ – The Montville Township Board of Education announced the Montville Township High School ShopRite Stars for the third marking period. ShopRite makes a donation towards Project Graduation, a celebration following the graduation ceremony in June that is drug- and alcohol-free.


MTHS senior Joseph DelloStritto was honored as the academics ShopRite Star.

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“Joe has been an essential part of MTHS over the course of the past four years,” Assistant Principal Kenneth Nadzak announced at the meeting. “As an athlete, Joe was a three-year varsity starter on the basketball and baseball teams, and recently learned that he is the Morris County Scholar Athlete of the Year for Montville Township. 

“As an artist, Joe was the co-founder of MTTV [the high school’s weekly video news program], filming and writing content for the show. As a student, Joe has a 4.15 GPA, was inducted into the National Honor Society [NHS] and World Language Honor Society, and is an active member of our high school newspaper, Podium. As a member of the community, Joe was instrumental in the organization of the Kiwanis’ Key Club Volleyball Marathon and regularly serves at Saint Pius X Church.”

Nadzak said that DelloStritto attributes his success to “simple, old fashioned hard work,” and he will be attending the University of Miami in the fall to major in Electronic Media.


Amanda Gorski was honored in the field of athletics.

“The basketball team had a sensational year on the court, primarily because of Amanda’s leadership as team captain,” Nadzak said.

“Amanda epitomized the term ‘team player,’ helping lead the team to a 22-win season and a first ever semi-final state sectional appearance. Amanda was named to the All Morris County Basketball Team, 2nd Team All-Conference, and was selected to play in the Morris County Senior All-Star game.

“Amanda proudly served on the district’s Branding Committee, is a member of NHS and DECA, and regularly volunteers her time at Youth Ministry.”

Nadzak said that Gorski will be playing basketball at Muhlenberg in the fall and plans to major in business with a focus on marketing.


Brooke Nagel was honored with the ShopRite Star in the arts category.

“The words used to describe Brooke Nagel on her nomination forms included ‘musically gifted,’ ‘beautiful voice,’ and ‘rare talent,’” Nadzak said. “Brooke was the vice president of Drama Club last year, and has been serving as the president this year. Despite her leadership roles, Brooke found the time to be cast as a lead in three of the last four spring musicals and is a member of the Tri-M Music Honor Society. Brooke was also chosen to sing the National Anthem at numerous basketball and football games, as well as for Montville Township’s 9/11 memorial services.”

Nadzak said that Nagel has also been active in productions at the Barn Theater of Montville and at the Paper Mill Playhouse. Nagel plans to major in musical theater at Otterbein University in Ohio according to Nadzak.


Liam Cassidy was honored with the leadership Star.

“There isn’t a major school initiative or event at MTHS I can think of over the past four years that Liam has not been a part of in some way, shape, or form.,” Nadzak said. “Liam is a member of Peers As Leaders, NHS, R.E.A.C.H., and Pathways for Exceptional Children. He is an editor of the yearbook and captain of the varsity basketball team. Liam has been a student liaison for the Parent Teacher Council, Mustang Association, and to the MTHS administrative team for Student Activity Council. He has also been a member of the School Climate Committee and the School Branding Committee. But, more than the fancy titles and impressive résumé, Liam was nominated and chosen as the recipient for this award because of his dedication to our school and to the Class of 2018. His leadership, kindness, and presence will be missed when Liam begins an accelerated doctorate program at Seton Hall for physical therapy in the fall.”

Community Service 

Melissa Kozell was named the community service Star.

“Over the past four years, Melissa has served our school in a variety of ways,” Nadzak said. “She has been the secretary of stage crew, secretary of Maboroshi Club, active member of Gay-Straight Alliance, forensics, and inductee into the National Honor Society.

“Melissa has also served the community through her work with various organizations, including Relay for Life, Angels of Animals, Knights of Columbus, Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, St. Pius Church, and Girl Scouts.”

Nadzak said the Kozell was described on her nomination form as being a student who embodies the term “service above self,” because she often gives so much of her time to help others.

“This is demonstrated through her participation in countless events, including Santa breakfasts, CROP Hunger Walks, and Bible studies classes where Melissa assists as a teacher,” he said. “Her service has created a positive, lasting impact on our school and community. In the fall, Melissa will attend The College of New Jersey, majoring in early childhood education.”

Nadzak congratulated all the students.

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