WEST ORANGE, NJ – The West Orange High School Senior Awards Night, which was held on May 28, provided a record $61,900 in scholarships and recognized the academic achievements of students.
The West Orange Scholarship Foundation, which oversees the scholarship application and selection process from start to finish, said it was pleased to raise the scholarship monies.
"It was the highlight of our year,” said Jim Quinn, treasurer of the WOSF.
WOHS seniors completed online applications, which included an essay. The Awards Committee, led by Pat Sforza and Deb Weston, then matched students to the various scholarships available and administered through the WOSF.
Founded in 1923, with $1,000 in assets, and presenting its first $500 scholarship in 1925, the WOSF awards scholarships to graduating WOHS seniors based upon academic achievement, financial need and community service. The Fund is run by over 40 community volunteers who bear their own expenses so that 100 percent of funds raised go to current or future scholarships.
Superintendent Jeff Rutzky said he was excited to participate with his fellow trustees at his first Senior Awards Night ceremony, encouraging the WOSF not to ever, “take for granted the work they do as it has a profound impact on our graduates.”
Following the distribution of scholarships, the high school then presented its own Department Awards for academic achievement and excellence.
The evening was capped off with scholarship, medals and sashes to Valedictorian Isabel Kaspriskie and Salutatorian Abigail Chua.
To see photos (taken in order at the event) click here - WOHS Senior Awards Night Photos
All photo credits: Cynthia Cumming