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, hanging out with their friends before they part ways and College Open Houses.

  • Mercy Owusu will be attending Fairleigh Dickinson University in Florham Park and plans to study Psychology and Special Education in hopes of becoming a school psychologist and maybe even a therapist one day. “Mercy is a peer leader, an active student council and interact member. Covid 19 has affected her plans for her senior year as she was looking forward to her senior trip, prom and so much more!”
  • Brendon T. Read will be attending Bloomsburg University to study Exercise Science. “The virus has taken away the most exciting part of senior year (ie. Prom, senior trip, senior awards and especially Lacrosse season!”
  • Aidan Bartsch will be attending the Culinary Institute of America in the fall. He plans to study Culinary arts with a Business Management focus. “Since the CIA runs on a trimester schedule, he plans to use the 'extra' year to take part in several of the full immersion programs the school has to offer as well. The Mediterranean program at the Italy campus, Asian cuisine at the Singapore campus, and Sommelier program at the Napa campus. If time and schedule allow, he may also work on the Brewmaster Masters program at the Hyde Park Campus. He hopes to run his own restaurant.”
  • Justin Heller will be attending Kutztown University in the Fall where he will be majoring in Business Administration. “He feels very fortunate to have played his final Senior seasons in the sports he’s grown to love. Justin has been playing organized basketball and soccer since the 1st Grade with the Newton Recreation program and continued playing throughout his school years on various travel and AAU teams.  He played all four years on the High School basketball and soccer teams and was named a co-captain for the basketball team his Senior season. Justin is also a member of the Student Council and Future Business Leaders of America. Although missing out on several Senior year milestones such as Prom, Senior trip, and a traditional graduation is quite devastating, Justin has been using this time enjoying the outdoors and spending time with his family.  He’s looking forward to reuniting with his friends and starting the next chapter of his life as a Golden Bear at KU.”  

Newton High School seniors have been invited to submit information about their plans for the fall, following graduation in June.  This is the fourth installment of a multi part article.

To have your graduate recognized or to be recognized as a graduate, please email with graduate’s name, school they will attend and what they will study, a picture of them in their Braves’ gear or new school gear, and a small bit about how COVID-19 has affected their senior year.

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