WEST ORANGE, NJ — West Orange High School (WOHS) seniors Didi Mesfin and Brett Zeligson have received recognition as the school's top scholar-athletes for 2020 by the Essex County Athletic Directors Association (ECADA), and Natalie Nevins has been named a New Jersey Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) scholar. Nevins will receive a financial scholarship for this accomplishment.
This is the 43rd year that the ECADA has recognized the top male and female senior athletes in schools across Essex County for their outstanding performance in academics as well as their athletic talents.
Each year, all NJSIAA member schools select a senior who plays a varsity sport, possesses a cumulative grade point average of no less than 3.0, and exhibits outstanding school and community citizenship to be honored as a scholar-athlete.
About Natalie Nevins:
In addition to being a record-breaking soccer player and co-captain of the WOHS girls soccer team, Nevins will also graduate in the top five percent of her class and is a member of the National, English and Science Honor Societies. She is a Mountaineer Mentor, a member of Teen Pep and leads her team at the Daughters of Israel program. As an incoming freshman at St. Joseph's University, Nevins plans to study journalism while also playing for the girls soccer team.
About Didi Mesfin:
Mesfin has been a four-year member and captain of the WOHS girls swim team. During her high school career, Mesfin was heavily involved in the WOHS Fine Arts programs. She will be attending Duke University in the fall.
About Brett Zeligson:
In addition to being named salutatorian for the WOHS Class of 2020 this year, Zeligson also served as co-president of the student council, captain of the boys swim team, president of the Tri-M Music Honor Society and vice president of Skills USA. He plans to major in civil engineering at Princeton University following graduation.
Zeligson is also a member of six other honor societies (Math, Science, Escriptus, Chinese, Social Studies and National), the WOHS Science Olympiad team, the WOHS math team and the Nikhil Badlani Foundation Youth Advisory Board. He has written for “The Cobblestone,” the high school’s literary magazine, and served as a Mountaineer Mentor at WOHS as well.