ROSELLE, NJ - Two seniors at Abraham Clark High School are accomplishing big things as they finish their last year of high school and set their sights on their future. 

Gersy Sorto came from El Salvador four years ago not knowing any English at all and has exceeded expectations of teachers and staff and has excelled to be ranked #2 of his senior class. Sorto also serves as the President of the Student Council, President of the Sigma Beta Club, a member of the National Honor Society, and MCJROTC with the rank of Second Lieutenant. He is an ESL (English as a Second Language), a student who has risen to the top of his class as this years' class salutatorian. 

“I have achieved many awards throughout my high school years, said Sorto. “I want to let people know that with effort and dedication everything is possible in life, there are no barriers that can stop a person from succeeding.”

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Lauren Banks is also a senior who has excelled and has been accepted by both the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Coast Guard Academies. With two scholarships at approximately $400,000, each, Banks has already made her decision to join the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in the fall.

Banks has been a part of the Newark Museum's Explorer Program for the past two years. She is also in MCJROTC and the National Honor Society. 

“I want to inspire people to not be afraid of following their dreams and accomplishing their goals even if it seems unattainable at first, said Banks. “I was not at first interested in attending a military academy, however, being apart of ROTC allowed me to realize how much I like the idea of protecting those who have protected you over the years and giving back to our community and country.”

Schools Representative Mathew Hersh and TAPinto Roselle Publisher Kathy Lloyd met with Gersy Sorto and Lauren Banks for an interview. That interview can be viewed below. is Roselle’s official electronic news source! To get your free daily Roselle or Roselle Park news, click on your town. 

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