MONTVILLE, NJ – Montville Township High School Assistant Principal Kenneth Nadzak announced the ShopRite Stars for the third marking period at the April 2 Montville 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,” he said. “In addition to the recognition of these wonderful students, ShopRite generously donates $1,000 toward Project Graduation for the Class of 2019.”
Alex Park was honored in the academics category.
“Alex has certainly made the most of his career at MTHS by becoming involved with multiple academic-based clubs,” Nadzak said. “For example, Alex has been an active member of the Robotics Club for four years, and has even been nominated by his peers as a ‘team leader.’”
Park is the president of the Science Olympiad, has won an All-American Award, and was awarded Superior Distinction for his work in the forensics club. He is the vice president and trainer of the school’s Outreach Program, and is the orchestra’s concertmaster, Nadzak said.
“Outside of school, Alex volunteered at the YMCA until he was hired to work there as a teacher, which is in addition to his job as an instructor at Mathnasium. Alex has accomplished all of this while maintaining a 4+ GPA and taking five AP [college-level] classes this year alone. Alex is still deciding on which top college to attend, but plans to pursue undergraduate work in mechanical engineering before getting an MBA and Masters in Robotics,” Nadzak concluded.
Joseph Daddario was honored in the athletics field.
“Joe finished his senior year on the varsity wrestling team with a 35-5 record, was a Morris Knolls, Lenape Valley, and District 6 Tournament Champion, a Region 2 Place Winner, two-time state qualifier, and captain of the North 1 Group 3 State Sectional Championship Team,” Nadzak said. “Joe is an outstanding athlete, but an even better person. Joe attributes his success to having a positive attitude and simply ‘working hard.’ Joe has been accepted into four schools, and while he is still undecided about where to attend college or which major to pursue, he does plan to continue his illustrious wrestling career.”
William O’Donnell was honored in the arts category.
“When I told Will that he won this award, he told me that it made his day,” Nadzak said. “But to many teachers in the building and to the hundreds of people he has performed in front of, Will’s kindness, talent, and passion for music have made our day, every day, for the last four years. Will was kind enough to share with me an experience he had that shaped his life: Will attended private school until seventh grade, and during his transition to Lazar Middle School, Will attributed music to overcoming some of the anxiety he felt about attending a new school. Will is passionate about, and empowered by, music, and at MTHS, he has been an active member of Marching Band, Jazz Ensemble, and Percussion Ensemble. In the summer of 2018, Will also had the opportunity to attend a music institute in Ireland, where he received free college credit in a study abroad program. After graduation, Will plans to attend Ramapo College, where he will major in music production.”
Gia Giudice was honored for her community service.
“When I meet with students to share the news that they were chosen as a ShopRite Star, I also provide the opportunity for them to identify some of the accomplishments that they are most proud of,” Nadzak said. “True to Gia’s character, she deflected, and instead of listing accomplishments, she shared her passion for giving back.”
Giudice has been involved with a number of charitable organizations including Pathways, Make-A-Wish, St. Jude’s Club, and Homeless Bus, according to Nadzak. She has also spent years volunteering at NephCure, an international organization dedicated to supporting research and finding a cure for a rare kidney disease, and volunteers teaching various cheerleading skills to young children through the town’s Broncos recreation league, he said.
“After graduation, Gia has committed to Rutgers University, where she will major in criminal justice before attending law school to pursue a career as an attorney,” he said.
Jason Joo was honored in the field of leadership.
“Jason is the only student in my experience with ShopRite Stars who was nominated for an award in three different categories in three consecutive marking periods,” Nadzak said. “Jason was nominated for the academic award in the first marking period, because he has been able to maintain a 4+ GPA, and is taking four AP courses during his senior year. Jason was also nominated for the arts award in the second marking period, because of his membership in the Tri-M Music Honor Society and participation in the Drama Club, including playing the leads in Anything Goes and Shrek. But the award that Jason won is most fitting, because he truly is a leader.”
Joo is co-president of the Drama Club, and captain of the varsity tennis team, Nadzak said.
“While Jason is still undecided about where he plans to attend college, he will pursue a major and career in the field of journalism,” Nadzak concluded.
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