(Editor's Note: Heather Hernandez is a senior at North Plainfield High School and an intern with TAPinto North Plainfield.) 

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Throughout her academic career, North Plainfield High School (NPHS) Senior Class President Emely Velastegul has participated in many school clubs and played a role in organizing various events.

Velastegui is a member of Heroes and Cool Kids and Canuck Mentors, as well as a member of North Plainfield’s girls varsity soccer team, and the National Honor Society, Italian Honor Society, and Spanish Honor Society. She also served as president of her junior class and, as a senior, is dedicated to ensuring that the 2016-2017 school year is a success for her fellow seniors.

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Currently, Velastegul is organizing money raised through bake sales and other fundraisers and the student council is working to ensure that upcoming events – such as the prom, picnic and Senior Smash, to name a few – run smoothly.

According to Velastegul, serving as class president for the past two years has helped her develop a sense of leadership. However, she said, with that leadership sometimes comes the responsibility to make tough decisions. As a result, said Velastegul, being class president can be stressful when not everyone agrees on the decisions made.

“I have to do what's best for my class and that is a lot of pressure,” said Velastegul, adding that ‘it's all worth it in the end.’

When she is not organizing school events, Velastegul enjoys spending time with her family and playing soccer. She has had a love for the sport since she was just six years old and, this year, served as goalkeeper on the NPHS Varsity Lady Canucks soccer team. Following high school, Velastegul plans to attend a New Jersey college and pursue a bachelor’s degree in health and exercise sciences.

With just a few short months until graduation, Velastegul said this is a bittersweet time and that the hallway decorating event, during both her junior and senior years, are among the most memorable moments of her high school career.

“Everyone had a good time and it was nice to see our class come together and get along,” said Velastegui, adding that North Plainfield High School is such a small and diverse school and that the bond between classmates is unique.

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