SPARTA, NJ- SPARTA, NJ –Four years of diligent work in and out of the classroom is recognized during the Senior Academic Awards event.  Several of the recognition ceremonies were grouped all together this year, in a virtual ceremony.

More than 100 members of the Sparta High School Class of 220 received scholarships, awards, recognitions, cords, pins and certificates.

“Congratulations to all of the Senior Scholarship and Award recipients,” Sparta High School Principal Ronnie Spring said. “This is truly a testament to all of their hard work and dedication throughout their high school careers.”  

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“The virtual ceremony included statements by guidance counselors, teachers, supervisors, administrators and videos by submitted by outside organizations congratulating the recipients,” Supervisor of College and Career Readiness Danielle Colte said.

Valedictorian Alan Yeung was presented with the U.S. Presidential Scholar award, given to 161 high school seniors by the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars.  Students are selected each year based on the academic success, artistic and technical experience, essays, school evaluations and transcripts as well as evidence of community service, leadership and demonstrated commitment to high ideals. Presented by Guidance Counselor Jenna Valleau.

The National Merit Commended Students are Natalie Krudys, Ian Manske, David Rubin, Thomas Scheri and Anna Tartaglia.  They are part of the 34,000 commended students are recognized for their academic promise. These students placed among the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.6 million students who took the 2018 PSAT.  Presented by Valleau.

National Merit Finalist Michael Caruso. Caruso earned one of the top 15,000 scores in the nation on the 2018 PSAT.  He was named a finalist, after completing a detailed application which included his leadership and community activities.  Presented by Guidance Counselor Susanna Allison.

National Hispanic Recognition Scholar Sebastian Gomez and Joseph Shnyder who scored in the top 2.5% among Hispanic and Latino PSAT test takers.  Presented by Valleau.

Superintendent’s Roundtable Award went to Alan Yeung.

“Alan Yeung is the embodiment of the word “scholar”, dedicating himself both in and out of school to academia and helping others.   With a GPA of 4.65, Alan is Sparta High School’s Class of 2020 Valedictorian, a leader in our STEM Academy, and will also be one of Sparta’s first candidates for the AP Capstone Diploma. 

In addition to his achievements at Sparta High School, Alan attended Governor’s School of Engineering last summer.  This fall, Alan was a guest of MIT while presenting a paper that he co-authored. 

More than a student of engineering, Alan is also a great contributor to our school. He is often seen after hours tutoring, and is a leader in several student organizations. This winter, he was a driver for the Sparta High School Robotics team, dedicating countless hours on nights and weekends. At most events, Alan is a consistent presence in our school. 

In our community, Alan is extensively involved with the Civil Air Patrol, where he has taken on leadership roles. 

Alan Yeung is a meticulous and dedicated student whose intellect is matched only by his kindness and dedication to his peers and our community.  Alan intends to study Aerospace Engineering in the fall at the Georgia Institute of Technology,” Valleau said.

The Distinguished Student Award was given to Jessica Fenners in a video by Sparta Mayor Jerard Murphy.

The Caring Award went to Emily Vreeland, presented by Valleau.

The DAR or Daughters of the American Revolution Award went to Gregory Puszcz for his demonstrated characteristics of  “dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism,” Guidance Counselor Tim Librizzi said.

The WMBC Mountain Broadcasting Scholarship was given to Huichun “Danny” Liang. “This award goes to a student who excels in community service, excellence and the pursuit of higher education. They must also possess an interest in pursuing a career in Communications,” Guidance counselor Kim Knabb said.

The Brian M. Laddey Memorial Scholarship went to Autumn Nady.

The George Jackson Scholarship went to Kevin Moran.

Nick Cutrone,presented several  New Jersey Knights of Columbus State Scholarships:

John Attardo Memorial Scholarship went to Michele Scaglione Sebastian Gomez, Gregory Puszcz

Father John Murray Scholarship went to Gregory Puszcz

Saint Kateri Counselor Scholarships went to David  Ames, Conor Armstrong, Dan Furnari,  Sebastian Gomez, Gregory Puszcz

Saint Kateri Knights Father Patrick Rice Scholarships went to Michele Scaglione, Gregory Puszcz, Michael Piwko

Bishop Dougherty Scholarship went to Gregory Puszcz

James Able Scholarship was awarded to Sean Ailara, Aidan Mastandrea,Alexander Papandrikos, Benjamin Rogoff, Christopher Scheri. “The James Abel Memorial Award is in honor of James Abel who was a very active Board member and community member for several years in Sparta.  Since 2012, this foundation has awarded scholarships based on academic achievement for students who plan on majoring in Engineering or Education,” Colte said.

The Lakeland Bank Scholarship was given to Amanda Sansone and Diana Cardoso Lozano. Presented by Lakeland Bank.

The Sparta High School PSTO Scholarships went to Cameron Ekeman, Lauren Johnson, Gregory Puszcz, Ande Wittenmeier. “The PSTO Scholarship awards those students who have a combination of academic excellence, character and community service,” Kristen Davis said.

The Smile Award was given to Jessica Fenners by Jacki Mastrofiippo

The Kinnelon Education Association Scholarship was awarded to Cassius Battaglia, Connor MacFarlane by Allison and Knabb.

The Newton Medical Center Auxiliary Scholarship went to David Rubin presented by Valleau.

Carettes Inc of Morris County Junior Debutante Scholarship was presented to Katherine Ermeus by Taneishia Gordon-Riley.

The Theilacker Family STEM Academy Scholarship went to Patrick McQuillan, presented by Valleau.

The SB One Bank award went to Kevin Moran. “The SB One Foundation has offered a scholarship to a deserving senior of scholastic aptitude and character,” Librizzi said.

TAPinto Sparta Scholarship for Journalism was awarded to Alexander Cohen in a video by publisher Jennifer Dericks for his contributions as a photojournalist intern.

The Sparta Woman’s Club scholarship was given to Kaetana DeGiovanni and Nancy Nester.  It was presented in a video by Mary Warner.

The Elks Most Valuable Student scholarships went to Jessica Fenners and Alan Yeung presented in a video by John Middleton.The Sussex County Superintendent Roundtable Scholarship was presented to Benjamin Rogoff by acting Superintendent Patrick McQueeney.  “Benjamin Rogoff is one of 5 Sussex County Superintendent Roundtable Scholarship recipients. Ben has a long resume of activities he has participated in while at Sparta HS. 

“He has been a delegate for the Harvard Model UN program, a member of DECA, National Honors Society, and treasurer of Rho Kappa History Honor Society.  Benjamin also participated as a soccer player all four years of high school.  In addition, Benjamin earned three credits through Rider University in his junior year as a student in Rider University's Honors Tomorrow's Teacher program.

“Benjamin feels that his commitment to education as a leader is in spreading a love for the field of education to his fellow classmates. His English teacher Danielle Kopp had this to say, "Benjamin is one of the most interesting students I have ever taught.  He was overcome with how he felt about working with kids and I watched him blossom into a young man with a purpose and specific goal in life,” McQueeney said.

The Pompelio Award of Courage was given to Michael Lee by Jake Scott in a video.

The Rutgers University ROTC Scholarship was awarded to James Hogel by Knabb.

The Herb Orel Cadet Scholarship was presented to Sean Ailara, Erin Finnegan and Amanda Sansone by Allyson Wright.

Pass It Along scholarships were given to Olivia Bouma-Hannam, Haley Capeci, Yasmeen Caswell, Riley Cavanagh, Nicholas Furgeson, Ryan Kurz, Kelsey Loewen, Kevin Moran, Nancy Nester, Hailey Paolercio, Michael Schmidt, Isabella Sergent, Canavan Storms, Stephanie Villar. They were presented in a video by Karen Baldini.

Pass It Along Scholar Athlete and Luber Community Service Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Olivia Bouma-Hannam. It was presented by Kurt Walton.

Berkeley College Honors Scholarship was given to Nicholas Hornyak by MaryAnn Chimento.

Ronetco award for Personality and Common Sense went to Austin Castorina presented by Allison.

Ronetco Award for Community Service went to Jordan Ouimette, presented by Valleau.

Charles A Meyer Memorial Scholarship was given to Michelle Scaglionne and Nancy Nestor by Chaplain Jack Tripp.

Sussex County Association of School Business Officials Scholarship went to Jessica Frizlaff    by Allison.

Ryan Scott Quinn Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Austin Castorina andTyler Szabo, in a video by the Quinn family.

The Sparta High School Alumni Scholarship was given to Lauren Groff and Jordan Ouimette. It was presented by Paige Lucas and Heather Raquette.

The League of Women Voters awarded their scholarship to Lauren Johnson.  “his is the second annual memorial scholarship competition from the League of Women Voters.  Students were asked to write an essay on the topic: 'Is Voting a Right or a Privilege',” Knabb said.

The German Christmas Market scholarships went to Kanita Tariq and Ellen Lou Villapando, presented by Christiane Wessels.

The Junior Woman’s Club of Sparta gave their scholarship to Michele Scaglione.  It was presented in a video by Darlene Blandina.

“I would also like to thank all of our scholarship donors, who believe in the value of helping our Sparta students obtain a good education,” Colte said.

“Thank you to all of the community support that we have received through the many scholarships,” Spring said. “It is through the support and dedication of the entire Sparta community that we can provide our students with such wonderful opportunities and support.”

Part II will have the department awards and Part III will announce the Sparta High School 2020 Presidential Scholars.