WEST CALDWELL, NJ — Two James Caldwell High School (JCHS) students were recognized during Monday’s Caldwell-West Caldwell Board of Education meeting for achieving the highly revered Eagle Scout designation, the highest achievement of the Boy Scouting program. Superintendent James Heinegg presented Perry Mescia and Marco Veltre with certificates on behalf of the district.
Mescia’s project to achieve this honor was an undertaking to create a safe path for residents that is a favorite of bikers, dog walkers and joggers. Veltre’s project, working in conjunction with local Veterans Foreign Wars Post No. 2619, focused on awareness of veterans and preserving their accounts of service.
Also during the meeting, Mary Caracappa, co-president of the JCHS Scholarship Fund, announced the recent senior class recipients of $1,500 scholarships. Scholarship recipients included: Joseph Lombardi, Cameron Macchia, Danielle Mannion, Lauren Rickenbach and Seth Frey. In addition, Vincent Cheung received the Bradford Scholarship, named after former Superintendent of Schools Bradford, for maintaining the highest grade point average in the class of 2018.
Caracappa stated that the continuation of the presentation of scholarships is only possible due to the ongoing generosity of families and businesses that support the students. She specifically acknowledged Flora DePalma, owner of Hair Design by Flora, for holding an annual cut-a-thon over the past 22 years to raise funds that go directly toward these scholarships.