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Seventeen Summit High Students Honored at School's Annual 'Awards of Excellence'

The 2017 Summit High School 'Award of Excellence' Honorees. Credits: Summit Public Schools Photo Services

SUMMIT, NJ - Continuing a tradition that began thirty years ago, Summit High School honored 17 students -- 16 seniors and one junior -- for their superior academic performance and contributions to the school at its annual 'Awards of Excellence' celebration.

The young scholars recognized were joined at the event by their family members, Summit Board of Education members, District Superintendent of Schools June Chang, Principal Stacy Grimaldi, Assistant Principals Lorena Dolan and Nicholas Steffner, as well as District supervisors and staff. Parents and family members were also there to celebrate the honorees. 

Each Award of Excellence recipient was introduced by a faculty members who delivered a heart-felt speech, which often included good-natured humor and fond memories. The Summit High School students, their awards, presenters, and award sponsors included:

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Sean McManus, Drama
Presented by Anne Poyner
Award Sponsor: SPARC

Keegan McManus, Family and Consumer Science
Presented by Jane Jones
Award Sponsor: Pomptonian                         

Olivia Humphreys, English
Presented by Marshall Collier
Award Sponsor:  New Jersey Education Association

Elizabeth Ellison, Visual Art    
Presented by Kelly Wright
Award Sponsor: New Jersey Education Association

Brandon Gomes, Mathematics
Presented by Frank Baragona
Award Sponsor: Summit High School Yearbook

Yuliza Brenes, Vocational Education
Presented by Tara Marrero
Award Sponsor: Lincoln Investments                                

Rachel Isralowitz, Publications
Presented by Irina Itreyeva
Award Sponsor: Verve                                                                       

Craig Ackerly, Industrial Arts
Presented by Kevin Schauer for Adam Fern
Award Sponsor: Summit High School Parent / Teacher Organization  

Jessica Jilla, Vocal Music                                              
Presented by Wayne Mallette
Award Sponsor: Summit Music Parents Association   

Maxwell Model, World Language
Presented by Monika Bartlett
Award Sponsor: SHS Parent/Teacher Association                      

Casey Nardino, Physical Education
Presented by Christine Bohan
Award Sponsor: Summit Boosters Club

Brandon Johnston, Science
Presented by Benjamin Greene
Award Sponsor: New Jersey Education Association                       

Rachel Blume, Social Studies    
Presented by Wendy Donat
Award Sponsor: New Jersey Education Association   

Scott Greenblatt, Instrumental Music  
Presented by Alex Bocchino
Award Sponsor: New Jersey Education Association   
Emma Osborne, Service
Presented by Winnie Caetta
Award Sponsor: SHS Parent/Teacher Association

Christopher Queripel, Technology
Presented by Kevin Schauer
Award Sponsor: Summit Education Association

Matthew Colon, Principal’s Special Award
Presented by Stacy Grimaldi
Award Sponsor: Summit Elks Lodge  

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