ROXBURY, NJ - The top ten students in the Roxbury High School class of 2020 were recently honored, virtually, by the school. Additionally, the district recognized the teachers the top students felt contributed most to their educational success.

Each year families of the honorees are invited to accompany their children to a dinner and reception in the school dining hall. This year, an in-person dinner wasn’t possible due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Instead, the district held a virtual recognition where honored students and teachers shared kind words, best wishes, a few memories and gave thanks to each other for the impacts they had on each other’s lives and the Roxbury community.

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Students honored this year were Valedictorian Lauren Tom, Salutatorian Sarah Attieh, Nicholas Hefferle, Fiona Sparano, Arjana Goroveci, Olivia Rebernik, Melissa Priester, William Nagie, Emily Stanich and Kenji Onari.

The teachers those students felt contributed most to their educational success were Laura Schmidt, James Connolly, Nolan Erickson, Dirk Kelly, Nicole Barbato-Connolly, Robin Dunn, Maria Rispoli, Amanda Nicol, Diane Naugle-Douglas and Reid Meeker.

Onward and Upward

Future plans for each student include moving on to institutions of higher learning in the fall.

Valedictorian Tom, is headed to Cornell University to study mechanical engineering with the career goal of working in the mechanical or aerospace industry. Salutatorian Attieh will attend the University of Delaware to study hospitality business management with the career goal of being an event planner or coordinator.

Hefferle will be attending Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where he’ll be studying nuclear engineering. He said he hopes to find a career that is enjoyable and sustainable.

Sparano will head to Clemson University where she plans to study microbiology.

Stanich will attend the University of Pittsburgh to study biological sciences with the hope of becoming a pediatric oncologist.

Five of the top ten will stay in New Jersey to continue their education.

Goroveci will be joining the Honors Program at The College of New Jersey as a political science major with the goal of becoming a lawyer.

Rebernik will be attending Rutgers University to study environmental science, and she plans to work with renewable energy and fuels and do research across the globe.

Priester will attend Ramapo College of New Jersey to study nursing, and she plans to become a pediatric nurse.

Nagie will be attending the New Jersey Institute of Technology to major in mathematical science, so he can pursue a career in finance.

Onari will be attending Stevens Institute of Technology to study chemical engineering with the plan of working with a pharmaceutical company.

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