Senior Awards Night Highlights Accomplishments of Upcoming New Providence Grads

Jimmy Vardas and Michelle Brugger presented the New Providence Business and Professional Association Entrepreneurial Scholarships during the event Thursday night. Credits: Michael Shapiro
New Providence students were honored during the awards ceremony Thursday night. Credits: Julia Torsiello
New Providence students were honored during the awards ceremony Thursday night. Credits: Julia Torsiello
New Providence students were honored during the awards ceremony Thursday night. Credits: Julia Torsiello

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The Senior Awards Night at New Providence High School showcased not only the many successes of the Class of 2012 but “the generous support of local businesses and organizations,” as recognized by Principal Paul Casarico in his closing remarks.  Over fifty New Providence High School seniors received scholarships from various donors Thursday night, showing just how strongly the New Providence community supports its high school graduates as they enter into the next chapter of their lives.

Jimmy Vardas and Michelle Brugger presented the New Providence Business and Professional Association Entrepreneurial Scholarship to recipients Kelly Gorczyk and Gabriel Lyons. This scholarship, Vardas said, is granted by the New Providence Business and Professional Association and the Downtown Improvement District as a way to “strengthen and maintain the strong relationship between the businesses and residents of New Providence.”

The ideal candidate for this scholarship, Brugger explained, “showed an entrepreneurial spirit, did well academically, and needed financial aid.”  Both Gorcyzk and Lyons embodied these characteristics and were granted a generous scholarship of $1500 each.  In presenting this scholarship, Vardas hopes that some seniors will “continue to live and work in the New Providence community” after college and wishes them the very best of luck in their futures. 

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Deserving seniors received a number of other scholarships from a wide range of local businesses and organizations. Michael Shapiro, publisher of The Alternative Press, presented a scholarship in the newspaper’s name to Samuel Stern for contributing to the New Providence High School community and writing a guest column that was published in The Alternative Press. 

Other scholarships included the Music Booster Recognition Awards, presented to Victoria Thomas, Gregory Grimes, Victor Yu, Daniel Friedman, and Christiana Gellert, the Class of 1962 Louis DiParisi Jr. Memorial Scholarship, presented to Meredith Richter, the NPHS Parent Teacher Student Association Award, presented to Luke Heisinger and Sarah Popov, the New Providence Athletic Foundation Student Achievement Awards, presented to Nicole Aneiros and Thomas Huang, and the Dr. J Badgley Memorial Scholarship Award, presented to Bianca Di Nardo, among many more.  A total of seventy-five scholarships were granted Thursday night in addition to a few academic and athletic certificate awards. 

In being granted these generous scholarships, Principal Paul Casarico urged the Class of 2012 to remember the phrase “to whom much is given, much is expected.”  Casarico encouraged seniors to “continue to promote and harvest the qualities” that entitled them to the scholarships they received, congratulating his students on the accomplishments they have achieved at New Providence High School and beyond.

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