HAMBURG, NJ - The culmination of four years of hard work was celebrated in the Diamond Room at Minerals Hotel last week.  The Senior Academic Awards dinner was well attended by  nearly 300 Sparta High School students, their families, faculty, school and district administrators. 

The evening was emceed by Guidance Director Kacey Dalton, sponsored by the Sparta High School PSTO and was the opportunity for students to be publicly recognized for their academic successes and volunteer efforts.  In addition to Sparta High School department, guidance and Presidential awards, awards were also presented by and from community, state and national organizations.

After introductions, the buffet dinner was served.  When all had their fill the awards were announced.  Throughout the course of the evening each guidance counselor called their President’s Academic Excellence award winners.  Earning this recognition required a Grade Point Average of 3.75 or higher for the past seven marking periods. 

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The award and scholarship winners, in alphabetical order:

  • Zoe Abrams*
  • Rexford Anderson* – Kiwanis Scholarship,
  • Liam Armstrong* - NJ Knights of Columbus John Attardo Scholarship, Saint Kateri Squires Counselor Award
  • Julia Bally*
  • Isabelle Baptista* – German Senior of the Year, German Christmas Market, Jerome Amend Award
  • Emily Bettano* - Kiwanis Scholarship
  • Brenton Bloomgren*
  • Michael Botta*
  • Brenden Brusberg* - Computer Science department award
  • Jonathan Byers – Saint Kateri Counselors Award
  • Stephen Campana – Sussex County 4-H Foundaiton
  • Isabella Candeloror* - U.S. Airforce Math and Science Award
  • Brianna Cannici – Tony Pompelio and Schoolmates Award of Courage, 200 Club award
  • Maxwell Carlson – Sussex Bank
  • Kelly Carolan* - Ryan Scott Quinn Scholarship
  • Kada Cernek*
  • Vida Codjoe – Lakeland Bank
  • Jamie Corter*
  • Mitchell Coyle – Hull Scholarship
  • April Cucciniello* - Sparta High School PSTO Scholarship
  • Lauren Danko* - Sparta Woman’s Club award, Kiwanis Scholarship
  • Elizabeth DeFelice* - Germania Park Scholarship, German Christmas Market, Woman’s Club award
  • Jeremy Dericks* - Army ROTC National Scholarship
  • Connor Dick* - Top Ten, Only the Good Sky Young, Pass it Along, Spanish Senior of the Year, Kiwanis
  • Jacqueline Dowd*
  • Tiernan Doyle*
  • Jeanne Earl*
  • Brendan Erickson – Sparta Ambulance Herb Orel Scholarship
  • Mariah Faria*
  • Jordyn Fitzell*
  • Leonard Fontes*- Pass it Along Scholarship, Smile Award
  • Bridget Froding*
  • Lia Gaccione* - Thomas and Agnes Murray Award
  • Benjamin Giugliano* Top Ten, U.S. Marine Corps Semper Fidelis Award for Musical Excellence
  • Cayleigh Glew – AP Government and Politics Senior of the Year
  • Devin Gozdenovich*
  • Katie Hastings*
  • Jillian Henderson*- Top Ten
  • Sarah Hoffman* - Sparta High School PSTO Scholarship
  • Ashley Jackson*
  • Michaela Kayal*- Only the Good Sky Young, Mountain Broadcasting and James B. Nye Scholarships
  • Michael King*
  • Jessica Kujalowicz – Russian Senior of the Year
  • Emily Lake*
  • Brianna Lamoreaux*
  • Benjamin Lee*
  • Jake Lapore – Thomas and Agnes Murray Award, Sparta Ambulance Herb Orel Scholarship, 200 Club award.
  • Nina Levatino*
  • Christopher Link*
  • William Loewen* - German Christmas Market, U.S. Marine Corp Athletic Excellence Award
  • Michael Loh*
  • Andrew Lopuch* - National Merit letter of Commendation, Sparta Ambulance Herb Orel Scholarship
  • Sean Lowery* - Distinguished Student Award, Senior English Award
  • Michael Mancuso* - Sparta High School PSTO scholarship
  • Kelly Manniello*
  • Evan Marcino*- Ronetco Scholarship, U.S. Air Force Math and Science Award
  • Payton Markvicka* - AP Psychology Senior of the Year
  • Morgan McBride* - German Christmas Market, Kiwanis
  • John McGovern*
  • Juliana McGuire*
  • John McKenna* - Saint Kateri Squires Counselor Award, Saint Kateri Memorial Scholarship
  • Lauren Mitchell*
  • John Murzaku*
  • Michael Mysh* - Top Ten, National Merit Letter of Commendation
  • Juliana Oelkers*
  • Kaela Panicucci*- Top Ten, Jeff Syberg Theater Patron’s Memorial Scholarship
  • Illeshaben Patel*
  • Premal Patel* - Top Ten, James Abel award, National Merit Letter of Commendation
  • Theresa Pedoto*
  • Jessica Phillips – Sparta/Jefferson Rotary
  • Kylie Piacentino* - French Senior of the Year, Saint Kateri Memorial Scholarship
  • Abby Pineyro* - Pass it Along Scholarship
  • Olivia Poles*
  • Andrew Pondiscio*
  • Brendan Puszcz* - Sparta Elks Most Valuable Student, Ronetco Scholarship, Kiwanis, NJ Knights of Columbus, Saint Kateri Memorial Scholarship, Saint Kateri Squires Counselors Award
  • Sarah Ramos*
  • Alexandra Reedy*
  • Emma Rennie – Pass it Along Scholarship
  • Johnathan Roemer – AP Modern European History Senior of the Year
  • Jason Rotondi – Virginia Tech Emerging Leader Scholarship, Pass it Along Scholarship
  • Kaitrina Rubenstein*
  • Paige Ryan* - Sparta High School PSTO
  • Molly Schelle*
  • Rachael Schmidt – Pass it Along Scholarship
  • Ashley Schoenfeld*
  •  Amanda Scully – Iron Chef
  • Raghuram Selvaraj*
  • Emily Sigillo*
  • Conor Smetana – Saint Kateri Squires Counselor Award
  • Daniel Smith*
  • Kristin Smith*- The Seeing Eye Puppy Raiser Service Scholarship
  • Jane Sosik*
  • Rachael Spelman*
  • Molly Sullivan* - Creative Writing Award
  • Jose Joaquin Talon* - Top Ten, National Merit Letter of Commendation, Multivariable Calculus Senior of the Year
  • Tomas Torres – Pass it Along Scholarship, Genocide Studies Senior of the Year,
  • Benjamin Toscano – Brian M Laddey Memorial Scholarship,
  • Travis Tracey*
  • Jordan Trzcinski* - Top Ten, Senior Science Award, James Able Award, Kiwanis Award, NJ Knights of Columbus Award, Saint Kateri Memorial Scholarship, Saint Kateri Squires Counselor Award
  • Bridget Van Voorst*
  • Nils Veidis* - Top Ten
  • Claire Vreeland*
  • Jessica Wolfe* - Jeff Syberg Theater Patron’s Memorial Scholarship

The Top Ten students were introduced along with the Valedictorian, Giugliano and Salutatorian Talon before Dalton closed the ceremony.