MONTVILLE, NJ – The first quarter ShopRite Stars were presented at the Nov. 19 Montville Township Board of Education meeting.
Assistant Principal Ken Nadzak said that the Stars were nominated by faculty members in one of five different categories, and the winners were selected by an administrative committee.
“In addition to the recognition of these wonderful students, ShopRite generously donates $1,000 toward Project Graduation for the Class of 2020,” he said.
“Claudia Colatrella was nominated for the academics award in part because of her 4+ GPA, experience in honors and AP-level classes, and genuine love of learning,” Nadzak said. “However, Claudia could have been nominated for an award in athletics because of her talent and ability on the cross country team. Claudia could have been nominated for an award in the arts because she is taking an independent study in songwriting, and also serves as the co-president of School of Rock and MUSE. Claudia could have been nominated in community service because of the work she does at her church, or in the field of leadership because she oversees Sunday Services, and recently earned an internship at the parish.”
Colatrella is still applying to several schools, but plans to major in psychology and music, he said.
Michael Burke was honored in Athletics.
“As you probably know, Michael is a three-sport athlete: lacrosse, basketball, and the star quarterback of the Mustangs Varsity Football Team,” Nadzak said. “This year, Michael threw for over 1,500 yards and 11 touchdowns, and rushed for over 800 yards with an additional 12 touchdowns. Michael attributes his success to being, as he put it, hard working. Michael also works hard in the classroom, and has a 3+ GPA. But staff in the building would attribute Michael’s success to his maturity and leadership.”
Burke has committed to play football at Sacred Heart, a Division 1 School, and plans to pursue a major in physical therapy, Nadzak said.
Angelina Hahl was honored in the Arts.
“I remember meeting Angelina for the first time during her freshman year,” Nadzak said. “I vividly remember this, because during lunch every day, Angelina would go out of her way to say ‘hi’ to every student and staff member she saw. Her kindness was refreshing, and I can confidently say that MTHS is a more positive school because of Angelina.
“Angelina has discovered a love, passion, and talent for cooking and baking, and even worked with a teacher this year to design an independent study called Pastry around the World. Angelina is also currently a part-time college student, taking hospitality and management classes at County College of Morris,” he said.
Hahl intends to enroll in culinary school and major in culinary arts, as well as baking and pastry arts.
Matthew Krase was honored for his Community Service.
“Matt Krase has been a proud member of Boy Scouts for the past 12 years, and recently achieved the distinction of Eagle Scout,” Nadzak said. “Matt also serves on the Youth Executive Council at St. Pius, is co-president of Drama Club, and has also been inducted into National Honor Society, Italian Honor Society, and Tri-M music society. In addition, Matt has been a member of the Varsity Swim Team for each of his four years at MTHS, and is currently taking three AP classes.”
Krase is still applying to schools, but plans to pursue a major in political science.
CJ Arena was honored for his Leadership.
“CJ has been in student government for four years, a member of FBLA and DECA, an inductee into NHS, and an athlete on our baseball and basketball teams,” Nadzak said. “CJ also volunteers his time at First Presbyterian Church, and is a life guard in the summer. This last fact is particularly apropos, because of what CJ’s leadership means to our building. Recently, members of the MTHS Administrative Team were talking about how outstanding CJ was as a leader. We have called on him countless times; from planning the most successful pep rally in recent memory to helping us address issues in the MTHS fan section, CJ has been a steady, reliable leader. “
CJ is still applying to several top colleges, but plans to pursue a major in business management marketing, according to Nadzak.
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