MORRISTOWN, NJ - Morristown High School has announced the top two academic achievement awards for the Class of 2018 - Valedictorian and Salutatorian. This year's honors go to Tommy Cromie, Valedictorian and Erin Fleck, Salutatorian.
"Tommy is an outstanding leader and student. His commitment to excellence and scholarship is impressive and he has excelled in all of his endeavors at MHS", said Morristown High School Principal Mark Manning when asked about both students. "Erin has demonstrated herself to be an incredibly successful student in all academic areas. However her love for and commitment to the sciences that will be the legacy she leaves behind at MHS".
Cromie will be attending Davison College in the fall. During his four years at MHS, he was president of the student body, a member of the student government, vice president of the Heritage Club and a member of the swim team.
When asked about a favorite teacher, Cromie cited Coach Donna Gelgonya. "Many of my teachers have made a lasting impact on me," said Cromie. "They have all taught me incredible things not only academically, but personally. If I have to choose one, I would have to pick Coach Donna Gelegonya. Her ability to be positive in pressure-filled moments is amazing and she can always get the most out of the team in the biggest situations. She taught me to see the positives in every situation and it carries over into every aspect of my life".
For Cromie, the tournaments at lunch were some of his most memorable moments.
"My fondest memory of Morristown High School has to be the handball and dodgeball tournaments at lunch", he said. "It was always a lot of fun to be on a team with my friends and compete against classmates in a packed gym. I think this is something that makes MHS unique and something that will stay with me for a long time".
While Cromie will head south to swim and study political science, Fleck will head north to Cornell University where she plans to study chemical engineering.
The love of science that Principal Manning will remember was shaped by Fleck's AP Chemistry teacher, Dr. Edwin Villhauer. Villahuer is also the track coach where Fleck has been a member for four years.
"My running coach and AP Chemistry teacher, Dr. Edwin Villhauer, has had the greatest impact on me", said Fleck. "Through running, I have known him for my entire high school career, and have probably run thousands of miles with him. Our frequent discussions about chemistry, Mars, and everything in between, have been some of the most interesting conversations I’ve had. He taught me the value of hard work, and inspired me to pursue a career involving chemistry."
At MHS, Fleck has been a member of the cross county and track teams, president of the Engineering Club, and members of the Key Club, National Honor Society, Italian Honor Society, Social Studies Honor Society, and the New Jersey Science League.
The fondest memory at MHS for Fleck is being a part of the cross country and track teams.
"These teams have shaped my high school experience, and I even met some of my best friends through them. I learned so much from this strong group of girls, and I will always hold them in my heart", she said.
Graduation for the Morristown High School 2018 Class will take place on Thursday June 21.
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