SPRINGFIELD, NJ – Zoe Frei was named Jonathan Dayton High School’s “Student of the Month” for February. When Coach Dave Rennie of the girls varsity basketball team heard about it, he said, “That is not a surprise.”
The award is based on teacher nominations. Zoe is the sixth senior to receive the award this school year, and she has done a great deal to earn the honor.
A lifelong Springfield resident, Zoe is one of three children in Frei family with her parents, Amy and Chuck. She has an older and younger brother, Alex and Jordy. Like her brothers, she is a product of the Springfield public school system and will soon be a graduate of Jonathan Dayton High School like her mother Amy.
Her mother said, “One of the things that makes me so proud of Zoe is that she makes things happen for herself, while also making it happen for others.”
An example she gave was the effort she put forth organizing the 9th Annual Alumni hockey game honoring the memory of Dan Triano. The proceeds from the game are used to fund the Daniel Triano Scholarship for a graduating Jonathan Dayton senior. Last year, senior Adam Berkowitz received the scholarship. Zoe will be organizing the game again this year and says she “…appreciates any help I can get.”
Like in basketball, where Coach Rennie said, “She contributes on both sides of the court”, Zoe does many things to contribute at high school.
As a student, Zoe has done very well. She is a member of the National Honor Society, which requires a weighted GPA of at least 3.70. Her intended pursuits in college are Accounting and Business Analytics. Many of her courses are Advanced Placement (AP), including AP Statistics.
More than just really good grades are required to be inducted in the National Honor Society. It requires meeting the “Pillars of Character”. Included in that are also community service and good citizenship.
To live up to the ‘Pillars’ a lot more than course work occupies her time. She is President of Dayton’s Student Government and has been an active participant of Student Council since the seventh grade. The other members of the Dayton’s Executive Board are Bryce Forys, Vice President; Amanda Dominguez, Treasurer; and Dylan Campos, Secretary and Jovanni Salcfas is the Rep. This group focuses on school activities for all grades.
They work with the Senior Board, which focuses on senior class activities. Its board includes Jack Quinn, President; Ryan Lashuk, Vice President; Gabriella Petruzzella, Treasurer, Antonio Salcfas, Secretary; and Sophie Hendrickson.
As President, Zoe attends monthly PTSO meetings as the student representative. She says her role is “…to explain what the Exec Board is doing.” Zoe said she “…also tries to give voice to the student view.”
Other activities include French Club and Medical Career Club and hours of volunteer work. Much of the volunteering involves tutoring freshmen at Dayton in various subjects. She also coached Rec basketball from her freshman through her junior year.
Being so involved means getting to know most of the students at Dayton. It has helped her make many friends at Dayton. She says she likes “…its sense of community. You can know everyone and you do not get lost.”
In the summer, she goes to Camp Nock-A-Mixon, where she works as a Counselor and has made some other great friendships. Those friends often meet in Manhattan. Zoe says she is “…a big New York City girl.” She likes the museums, shopping and restaurants. She is also a fan of many of its sports teams including the Rangers, Giants, Knicks and Yankees.
Then there are her athletic endeavors. In the fall, Zoe was a four-year member of Dayton’s girls varsity tennis team. As a senior, she mostly played Court 1 Doubles with senior Sheila Flood. Coach Salmon said, “I’m so happy to hear that Zoe is Dayton’s February Student of the Month. Zoe is a student that teachers love to have in class, and coaches love to have on their team. I’ve been lucky enough to know Zoe as both a student and an athlete and she certainly stands out as someone who is well deserving of this award! Congratulations Zoe!”
In the spring, Zoe was a Manager of the boys tennis team.
In the winter, she is part of the girls varsity basketball team. Coach Rennie said, “Even though it is her senior year, she continues to work on her shot and become an outside scoring threat.” As part of the team, Zoe has scored more than 100 points and pulled down 90 rebounds. This year’s team won the UCC-Valley Division.
Commenting on the team’s seniors of which Zoe is one, Coach Rennie said, “They are model student athletes that can make any coach teacher or principal proud, and they are all good teammates that get along well and have fun together. That contributes to their success.”
Congratulations to Zoe Frei, Dayton’s “Student of the Month” for February – well earned!