SUMMIT, NJ - Seventeen Summit High School senior scholars, each of whom has demonstrated "superior performance and contributed to the school through their various talents," were honored at the 'Awards of Excellence."

Superintendent of Schools June Chang said of the students, individually and collectively, "I am confident they will navigate a global workforce, establish relationships, and give back to their community and organizations, as people of good character. Their Summit pride and Hilltopper spirit is woven into the people they have become."

The 2017-18 'Awards of Excellence' recipients include:

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Sarah Beatty, Drama -- presented by Anne Poyner, award sponsored by the Summit Performing Arts Resource Committee

Kathryn Chang, Family and Consumer Science -- presented by Robin Hardesty, award sponsored by Pomptonian

Mae Hoad, English -- presented by Michael Magdalenski, award sponsored by the New Jersey Education Association

Megan Abate, Visual Art -- presented by Kelly Wright, award sponsored by the New Jersey Education Association



Alyssa Gao, Mathematics -- presented by Frank Baragona, award sponsored by Summit High School Yearbook

Stefanie Castillo, Vocational Education - presented by Tara Marrero, award sponsored by Lincoln Investments

Rachel Kantor, Publications -- presented by Michael Magdalenski, award sponsored by Verve

Andres Chacon, Industrial Arts -- presented by Adam Fern, award sponsored by the Summit High School Parent / Teacher Organization

Donell Williams, Vocal Music -- presented by Dan King, award sponsored by the Summit Music Parents Association

Cindy Torres, World Language -- presented by Ana Ventoso, award sponsored by the Summit High School Parent / Teacher Association

Madeline Gaeta, Physical Education -- presented by Michael Sandor, award sponsored by the Summit Boosters Club

Steve Molina, Science -- presented by Jodi Friedman, award sponsored by the New Jersey Education Association

Ben Stackler, Social Studies -- presented by Wendy Donat, award sponsored by the New Jersey Education Association

Marcus Stevenson, Instrumental Music -- presented by Barbara Vierschilling, award sponsored by the New Jersey Education Association

Thomas Quinn, Service -- presented by Winnie Caetta, award sponsored by the Summit High School Parent / Teacher Association

Gregory Hampson, Technology -- presented by Kevin Schauer, award sponsored by Summit Education Association

Miller Hickman, Computer Science -- presented by Brian Weinfeld, award sponsored by the Summit High School Parent / Teacher  Association

The musical entertainment prior to dinner was provided by the Hilltop String Quintet, featuring Julia Baldacchino, Nicole Lee, Emily Pommier, Mimi Laws, and Marcus Stevenson, under the direction of Barbara Vierschilling.

During the awards presentation, Williams performed a medley of three original songs he wrote, “Tears for an Angel, Recess, and Good Kids.” To conclude the evening, Marcus Stevenson performed “Viola Sonata/Impetuoso.”

Visual artwork by award winner Megan Abate was on exhibit in the banquet room as well.