NORTH CALDWELL, NJ — ShopRite of West Caldwell recently announced that its first marking period ShopRite Stars for West Essex High School (WEHS), who were nominated in five categories, include Reem Aly for Academics, Cameron Kinsella for Athletics, Liliana Patracuolla for Arts, Gillian Wolf for Community Service and Nicholas Stampone for Leadership. 

During his principal’s report at last week’s board of education meeting, WEHS Principal Caesar Diliberto noted that since 1999, the West Caldwell ShopRite has been bestowing awards to students for exemplary performance and character. Each marking period, faculty members nominate candidates for academics, athletics, the arts, leadership and service to the community.

The ShopRite STARS are then selected by a committee, and their photographs are mounted on plaques to be placed on display in the high school. Additionally, $1,000 is donated in their names to Project Graduation, and their photographs will be displayed at the West Caldwell ShopRite until the next STARS are selected. 

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The students chosen this marking period are as follows:

Reem Aly, Academics:

As a Senior Peer Leader, Aly's educators said she has connected extremely well with her group of freshmen and consistently shows up with an enthusiasm that goes the extra mile.

"She is approachable and humble, making it easy for the Freshmen to feel comfortable with her," they said. "Reem has also helped during her free time to organize materials needed for our training sessions. She is just doing a fantastic job and should be commended."

Cameron Kinsella, Athletics:

According to her coaches, Kinsella is a bold and powerful leader and has been an outstanding ambassador of the field hockey program. Her style of leadership is firm, yet loving, and she leads by example both on and off the field, they added.

Kinsella plays club hockey year-round to improve her game and has successfully tried out for some of the country's top youth teams. Her play has also earned her a spot to attend Brown University for field hockey next fall.

Her coaches say that "Cammy" is also a peer leader and has done extensive volunteer work for recreation programs in both her town and the adjoining ones, teaching youth field hockey and lacrosse.

Liliana Patracuolla, Arts:

According to the Masquers of West Essex theater program, Patracuolla has continually served as a leader among her peers. This season, she earned the lead role as Rosie O'Connell in the Masquers production of "Rosie the Riveter."

"Lily is not only an outstanding performer, but she is also a wonderful leader and supportive cast mate to her younger or more inexperienced peers," program representatives said. "When Lily is not exhibiting her positive energy dancing or singing around the rehearsal space, she can often be found helping her cast mates rehearse lines independently or work with the younger students to develop their basic acting skills." 

Nicholas Stampone, Leadership: 

According to his educators, Stampone is one of the most effective leaders and respectful students they have had the pleasure of working with. Stampone was selected as one of the Hugh O'Brian Youth (HOBY) Leadership representatives; organized and led a beautification project for West Essex as part of his Eagle Scout project; was chosen to receive the Eisenhower Leadership Award; and is the president of the WEHS Italian Club, the Senior Patrol Leader of his Boy Scout troop and Drum Major for the WEHS marching band.

The Fairfield resident is also a community servant, volunteering as a Sacristan and an altar server for his church, committing numerous hours to his Boy Scout projects and dressing as the Easter Bunny for the children of his camp.

Gillian Wolf, Community Service:

According to her educators, Wolf is dedicated to succeeding in everything she takes on. As the founder of the WEHS Cooking for a Cause Club, Wolf works tirelessly for its success. 

"It's difficult to choose a category as she excels academically, athletically, as a leader and as an excellent student," her educators said. 

The West Essex Regional School District MP1 ShopRite Stars are pictured above, left to right, as follows: Liliana Patracuolla, Reem Aly, Nicholas Stampone, Gillian Wolf, Cameron Kinsella.