SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - The South Brunswick School District celebrated the end of the 2017-2018 school year at the Cure Bank Arena with recognition ceremonies for eighth grade students moving up from the two middle schools and into South Brunswick High School, and a record number of students (almost 750) graduating South Brunswick High School.

South Brunswick High School Principal Peter Varela spoke of the many accomplishments of the high school graduating class. Varela mentioned that in just the last year, the class raised funds in the annual Asian Club Walkathon, managed a highly successful blood drive that generated 549 pints of blood, and raised a large amount of money for the victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School tragedy in Parkland, Florida.

The attendees were officially welcomed by graduating senior Joanna Kim, who will be attending Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore next semester. Rutgers bound senior Matthew Ryan introduced Superintendent of Schools Scott Feder. Feder told students to “make their own choice in their future.” He stressed the importance of making an individual choice.

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The Valedictorian for the Class of 2018 was Rohith Kariveda, who will be attending Boston University in the seven-year honors Medical Program. The class Salutatorian was Harrison Chiu, who will be off to a seven-year New Jersey Medical Program at Rutgers University. Chiu also coordinated the fundraising walk for the Parkland victims.

Board of Education President Harry J. Delgado along with other members of the Board assisted the administrators in presenting the students with their diplomas.

Recognition Ceremonies were also held for the district’s two middle schools in the gymnasium at South Brunswick High School.

Crossroads North Principal Kimberly Bynoe welcomed attendees at the moving up ceremony. Certificates were presented by Assistant Principals Allison Dubois and Shaun Ruymen.

Crossroads South parents were welcomed by third-year Principal Bonnie Capes as Assistant Principals Mark Kmiec and Sondra Hinson assisted with certificate presentations.

A special tribute was paid to retiring Chorus Director Lisa Lepore. Lepore directed the musical presentation at the beginning of the program.

The Crossroads South ceremony was also attended by first-year Assistant Superintendent Jennifer Diszler, who represented District Administration.