SUMMIT, NJ - In addition to their own feeling of self-accomplishment, the plaudits and congratulatory wishes bestowed on them by their families, friends, teachers and administrators, and the support they received from the community via myriad scholarship opportunities, the Summit High School Class of 2018 -- a group that has achieved much in the classroom, when taking the stage, and on the playing field -- got a pristine, first-day-of-summer evening in which to be feted.

The 304-strong group of seniors were hailed as being a high achieving class, individually and collectively ready, willing, and able to tackle the challenges that lief ahead in the 21st century.

After Class Vice President Dylan Ingerman led everyone in reciting "The Pledge of Allegiance," Senior Choir members performed "The Star Spangled Banner" and Student Council President Thomas Quinn welcomed and thanked those in attendance, each of whom -- in ways big and small -- have played a role in the students' successful journeys.

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Class Treasurer Hamail Iqbal told the crowd that the class will plant a tree on campus in honor of late Summit Police Department Detective Matthew Tarentino who, up to the time of his passing, was a familiar presence on the Kent Place Boulevard campus.

Sydney Benevento, Class Secretary, noted the many scholarship awards presented (noted below) and thanked the community for its support.

The 'Voice of the Class', Michael Greenstein, said in his remarks that he was on stage not as a singular voice, but representing a "chorus" created through the collective voice of the senior class. The Duke-bound Greenstein detailed an academic and social sojourn that began with "sitting in the back" of the student section at football games and evolving into a group of young women and men who found their voices and used them to put their stamp on Summit High School.

School Principal Stacy Grimaldi, Superintendent of Schools June Chang, and Board of Education President Deb McCann offered their final 'official' counsel to the Class of 2018, Kindness, compassion, joy, courage and curiosity were themes in their words, as evidenced by this excerpt from Chang:

"You should all be proud of what you have done, and excited about the next chapter in your life. Let me remind you that you have carried your potential to the pinnacle of educational success by matriculating through the rigors of Summit High School.  

So, I say to you, you have arrived. You have arrived at the doorstep of possibilities.  And as you bravely accept the invitation, here are 5 don’ts that I want you to remember.

Don’t forget the excitement of your youth. 

Embrace the challenges of meeting new people, finding new hobbies, and gaining deeper perspectives. This will give you fortitude to be confident in times of change.

Don’t let your childhood curiosity fade.

It is not always the answers that provide insight, but rather the questions are what show you where to look to find innovation. This will give you courage to find direction.

Don’t let your reason be without passion, nor your passion be without reason.

To be passionate without having a reason will leave your decisions wandering with the wind, and reason alone, despite all its logic, will make your actions empty, without passion. This will allow you to have clear intent in your choices.

Don’t leave your story unfinished.

Commit to yourself, commit to becoming the best version of you. Regardless of what exterior conditions may exist, know that you are the core of your world. Remain steady, focused, and prepared, for when opportunity, timing, and sometimes a little luck align; then you will be ready for your moment.

This will allow you to find your North Star, ever constant.  

No matter what happens around you, you will be steady, and you will never be lost. You will always know who you are.     

Lastly…

Don’t be afraid of the dark.

Every day meets the night. At times, the world will be a place full of confusion, volatility, rushed minds, and rapid change.  There are things within your control and there are things that are not. Day and night happen regardless of who you are or what you do.

When darkness falls, don’t search for the light somewhere outside of yourself, because you have all the skills within you, to bring forth the light."

After all the names were called and each had received their diploma, the 'caps' part of the maroon-colored cap and gown garb were sent skyward, signifying the conclusion of one chapter and the beginning of the next.

2018 SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS

ADELE M. LYNCH NURSING SCHOLARSHIPJULIA BALDACCHINOJOSEPHINE ROBERTSand KAMILAHTORRILLO

ADRIENNE REID MEMORIAL ATHLETIC SCHOLARSHIPMARGARET ROBB

ALBERT J. BARTHOLOMEW SCHOLARSHIP-NATALIE AGUILERAHAJRACHOUDHRYAKEAPOTICANO and BAILEY TROBAUGH                      

AMERICAN LEGION LINDSEY STREET POST #322 / THE ELWOOD C. CORNOG, JR. AMERICAN CHARACTER AWARDKEYSHAWNREESE

ARTHUR SCHROEDER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIPWILLIAM VITTON

BEVERLY JEANNE WELSH SCHOLARSHIPCHRISTINA GUOTATYANALEWISand MARY NELSON

BILL O’CONNOR “#39” LACROSSE AWARDJOSEPH PERSCHE

 C. ARTHUR TORELLMEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIPJOSHUA SMALLand JOHN STEWART

CATHERINE HATHAWAY TECHNOLOGY SCHOLARSHIPEMMA COHRON

THE CHRIST CHILD SOCIETY OF SUMMIT SCHOLARSHIPJULIE-ANNA BROWNand AALIASMITH

CLARA WULFFMEMORIAL AWARDVANESSA HERRERA-ROJAS

DAWNEHAUSMANMEMORIAL / SUMMIT SOCCER CLUB SCHOLARSHIPANDRES CHACON and LEILA ESPOSITO

ELLIS WALLING SCHOLARSHIPJOSEPH VOSTAL

EMILY BENSINGERMEMORIAL PRIZE IN BUSINESS SUBJECTSMAIA SIRABIAN

 ERIC JAMES SOBELMEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP IN BANDINGAHAO
 
FORTNIGHTLY CLUB SCHOLARSHIPS

    THE SHERRY RAWSONMEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIPJULIE-ANNA BROWN

    FORTNIGHTLY CLUB SCHOLARSHIPAKEAPOTICANO

    FORTNIGHTLY CLUB SCHOLARSHIPMAIA SIRABIAN

FRANK AND ROSE DIMUCCIOMEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIPHAJRACHOUDHRY

FRIEDA M. CRICHFIELDSCHOLARSHIPANDRES CHACON

GRAND SUMMIT HOTEL SCHOLARSHIPJOSEPH SHEPARD

HALE FAMILY SCHOLARSHIPHAMAILIQBAL

HARRY & GENEVIEVE KATESSUMMIT KIWANIS MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIPRAHIEMHUNT, JR.

HOWARD S. ANDERSON SCHOLAR ATHLETE AWARDMEGAN ABATEMADELINE GAETAHELEN LOUISE JOHNSONSTEPHEN SAJERCOLE SCHNEIDERANNA TURKWILLIAM VITTON and GREGORY VLASS

IMMIGRANT STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPSAMANTHA FERNANDEZMIGUEL GARCIAand CINDY TORRES

JEFFERSON SCHOOL PTO SCHOLARSHIPHAMAILIQBAL   

 JUNIOR LEAGUE OF SUMMIT SHIRLEY WIGHT KEENEYVOLUNTARISM SCHOLARSHIPLEILA ESPOSITO

KARL KELLER SCOUTING AWARDMICHAEL GREENSTEIN

KATIE HADLEY MEMORIAL LACROSSE SCHOLARSHIPNICHOLAS THOMSON

LAKELAND BANK SCHOLARSHIPJOSHUA SMALL

 LOIS MONTI / JEFFERSON SCHOOL INTERNATIONAL CLUB SCHOLARSHIPKAMILAHTORRILLO

MAMELOUISE REYNOLDS McGEORGEFOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPMARCUS STEVENSON

McNANYCHARITABLE FOUNDATION, INC. MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP AWARDANDRES CHACON and CHRISTINA RICHSON

NATIONAL SPIRITUALIST ASSOCIATION OF CHURCHES STOW FAMILY MEMORIAL FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPCECILIA SANG

NATIONAL HISPANIC RECOGNITION PROGRAMJOHN ALVAREZEMMA COHRONPEDRO GUICARDIand STEVE MOLINA

NATIONAL MERIT COLLEGE-SPONSORED SCHOLARSHIP NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITYRACHEL KANTOR

NATIONAL MERIT CORPORATE-SPONSORED SCHOLARSHIPS

    PUBIC SERVICE ENTERPRISE GROUP- EMILY POMMIER

    PFIZER, INCMATTHEW E. SUPRAN

NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARSHIP FINALISTSJAMES CHOALYSSA GAORACHEL KANTOREMILY POMMIER and MATTHEW E. SUPRAN

NEW JERSEY ASSOCIATION OF SCHOOL BUSINESS OFFICIALS DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD SCHOLARSHIP IN HONOR OF  LOUIS J. PEPE - JOHN JACOBELLO

NEW JERSEY ASSOCIATION OF SCHOOL BUSINESS OFFICIALS BUSINESS ADMINISTRATOR OF THE YEAR AWARD SCHOLARSHIP IN HONOR OF  LOUIS J. PEPE - JOHN JACOBELLO

PEP PROGRAM SCHOLARSHIPNKOZIABDUR-RAHMANDANIEL CAMPOSSANIYAJONES, STEVE MOLINAand ICISYSSADLER

PICOZZIFAMILY FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPHAJRACHOUDHRY

ROTARY CLUB OF SUMMIT & NEW PROVIDENCE SCHOLARSHIP

    WILBER NELSON SCHOLARSHIPHAMAILIQBAL

    BUD SMITH SCHOLARSHIPSTEVE MOLINA

    ROTARY CLUB SCHOLARSHIPSANTHONY CUSUMANOTATYANALEWISand KEYSHAWNREESE

SANTIAGO DANIEL ABUT MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIPHAMAILIQBAL

SOPHIA KIM AND JUNE CHANG GLOBAL HERITAGE SCHOLARSHIPCHRISTINA GUO

SPARCSCHOLARSHIP IN MEMORY OF MARY SNIECKUS - LUCY BLOCKBENJAMIN ERRIGJULIET HUNEKEALISHA KEWALRAMANIKIMBERLY LEEERIN MANIONREID PHILLIPSKEYSHAWNREESEBENJAMIN SCHACHTERKATELYN SCHROEDERand JOHN STEWART

SPARCTECHNICAL THEATRESCHOLARSHIP IN MEMORY OF BENJAMIN ROBERT ZUKOFFSARAH BEATTY

SUBURBAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE PERRY ROOT AND WILLIAM STAMPESMEMORIAL AWARDMIGUEL GARCIA

SUMMIT AFRICAN AMERICAN ACTION ASSOCIATION SCHOLARSHIP

    S4A SCHOLARSHIP - MARCUS STEVENSONand JORDAN deGROOT-COLEMAN

    THE ELZADIE(“ZADIE”) B. SMITH S4A SCHOLARSHIPNKOZIABDUR-RAHMAN

 SUMMIT AREA PUBLIC FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPJULIE-ANNA BROWNALIA SMITH

SUMMIT BUSINESS & PROFESSIONAL WOMEN’S FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP- EMMA CHO and JANE RASWEILER

    THE JOAN OLEKSIKMEMORIAL AWARDAALIASMITH

    THE KATHY McCABEMEMORIAL AWARDHANNAH ZIPF

SUMMIT COLLEGE CLUB SCHOLARSHIPVICTORIA HARVEYand EMILY KOSTOLANSKY

SUMMIT EDUCATION ASSOCIATION FRANCES FLESCH SCHOLARSHIPANDRES CHACONALYSSA GAOCLAIRE GOUDREAU and HAMAILIQBAL

SUMMIT F.A.S.T.  A.C.T. KEN KUEBLERMEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIPDORIAN JACKSONand ICISYSSADLER

SUMMIT FIRST AID SQUAD ALICE NICHOLS MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIPKATHRYN CHANGALEXANDRA HAGGERTYJEFFREY LOPEZJOSEPHINE ROBERTSand AALIASMITH

SUMMIT GIRLS FAST PITCH SOFTBALL LEAGUE SCHOLARSHIPKENDALL BLOMFIELD and LUCIE MILLER

SUMMIT HIGH MUSIC PARENTS ASSOCIATION SCHOLARSHIP- JULIA BALDACCHINO, LUCY BLOCKCHRISTOPHER CUMMINGSCHRISTINA GANGIMIMI LAWS, ERIN MANION, PABLO ROJASand MARCUS STEVENSON

SUMMIT HIGH SCHOOL MUSIC PARENTS ASSOCIATION CAROL CLYNEHASSERTSENIOR SCHOLARSHIPCHRISTOPHER CUMMINGSALYSSA GAOand JOHN STEWART

SUMMIT HIGH SCHOOL PTO SCHOLARSHIPDYLAN INGERMANJEFFREY LOPEZKATE McKEEEMILY POMMIERand BENJAMIN SCHACHTER
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      SUMMIT JUNIOR BASEBALL LEAGUE SCHOLARSHIPANTHONY CUSUMANOand GREGORY VLASS

SUMMIT LIONS FOUNDATION JACK J. NIEVERGELT SCHOLARSHIP- KESLEYSOUZA

SUMMIT POLICE ATHLETIC LEAGUE SCHOLARSHIPJULIE-ANNA BROWNHAMAILIQBALAKEAPOTICANOKESLEYSOUZAand KAMILAHTORRILLO

 THOMAS I. GLASSERMEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUNDDORIAN JACKSON

UNION COUNTY SCHOOL COUNSELORS ASSOCIATION ‘WE CARE’ AWARDJULIE-ANNA BROWNMAXWELL HAYFORD and TATYANALEWIS

UNION HISPANASCHOLARSHIPJEFFREY LOPEZSTEVE MOLINAand ALLISON RODRIGUEZ
 
WASHINGTON SCHOOL PTO SCHOLARSHIPANDRES CHACON

WESLEY K. BURTON SUMMIT CIVIC FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPANDRES CHACON

WILSON ALLEN SUMMIT CIVIC FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPCHRISTINA GUO