NEWTON, NJ—With the announcement of schools being closed for the remainder of the year, comes the realization that Newton High School Class of 2020, along with seniors throughout the state will be missing out on events many have been looking for to for years including: prom, graduation, Awards Night, senior trip, College Acceptance Breakfast, final season of sports and hanging out with their friends before they part ways and College Open Houses.
- Alex Stone will be attending Duke University where he will be majoring in Environmental Science and playing as a Blue Devil on the baseball team. “Alex has been playing baseball since he was 4. He played varsity baseball and lettered all three high school years and was really looking forward to this year’s season as a senior. He has participated in several national tournaments and was selected an All American by Perfect Game. He also played basketball for Newton 2 years and lettered in that as well. His newest passion is golf. Alex is a member of Newton’s Peer Leadership Program and Student Council. Alex loves the outdoors, is hard working and loves spending time with family and friends. While the turn of events since March was certainly unexpected, Alex is grateful for the memories he has for all four years at Newton, including 2020.”
- Grant Parker will be attending SUNY Cobleskill to study Plant Science. “Grant is a member of the FFA (Future Farmers of America). He has participated all 4 years and is the treasurer of the club this year. He has earned his Garden State Degree through the FFA. Grant plays Lacrosse and will be playing at Cobleskill. He also received the Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference All-Academic Team award in 2016. He received Honorable Mention All-League Award for Lacrosse in 2017 and 2018. Grant enjoys hiking, fishing and hunting. Grant has enjoyed fishing and hiking during this Pandemic.”
- Olivia Martin will be attending Kutztown University and will be majoring in history. “I was very active in school, Second year Captain of the Varsity Tennis team, Captain of the Girls Swim team, I was also involved in Peer Leadership, Second Year Class Officer as Treasurer, I also loved hanging out with my friends. Being in quarantine definitely wasn’t how I imagined my Senior year to be. I’m disappointed and upset I will not get the experiences people look back on in High School, a huge chapter of our lives is just ending with no real way to define an end. This whole experience has however made me realize what I have taken advantage of and how I now appreciate all the little things.”
Newton High School seniors have been invited to submit information about their plans for the fall, following graduation in June. This is the third installment of a multi part article.