NORTH CALDWELL, NJ - The West Essex High School College Book Awards were presented to eight of the Class of 2019 during Monday's Board of Education meeting.  

The College Book Awards are presented to outstanding high school juniors who exemplify "superior academic performances in addition to presenting leadership outside of the classroom, personal strength and integrity."  The book presentation represents the passing of knowledge from one generation to the next.

The following students received the book awards: Caroline Ben Nathan; Brandeis University Book Award, Leigha Capra; Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Joshua Kupferberg; George Washington University; Catherine Marino; College of the Holy Cross, Julia Parzecki; Mount Holyoke College, Theodore Press; University of Pennsylvania, Lucas Schiffman; University of Virginia and Sonya Shah; Vassar College.  

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High school principal Caesar Diliberto said, “I am very proud of all of them, they are an exceptional class and I am very much looking forward to next year.  They are a tremendous and outstanding group of students and the class of 2019 are an amazing group of students, it’s going to be a great year.”

Board of Education President Deborah Sacco-Calderone noted, “This is a culmination of the exceptional work of our departments supervisors, administrators and teaching staff.  Their work affords our students so many opportunities to grow, learn and shine every day and tonight’s ceremony is a reflection of what they do every day.”

Middle school Principal Vee Popa announced that 118 students had been inducted into the National Junior Honor Society.  High school principal Diliberto reported to the board that there were currently 17 students enrolled for next year’s Advanced Placement Calculus BC class. The current enrollment averages between three and seven students. Board members Anne Fahey commented how her son had excelled in the AP classes and the benefits it had afforded him in college.

In other news, board member Anthony Prinzo reported he had attended a New Jersey School Board delegate assembly and two resolutions had been passed. One resolution supported enhanced measures for school security. The other involved that funding stay and follow the student.

Board member Judith Amorim Dias informed the board of her attendance this week of the New Jersey School Board Association’s celebration of Special Education Week. Amorim Dias said, “It was reaffirming and beautiful to see that West Essex’s follows best practices and we are doing right by all of our students.”

The next Board of Education meeting will be June 4.