Most of those honored during Monday’s annual Jay H. Dakelman Greater Middlesex Conference Scholar-Athlete Banquet are known more for their exploits on the playing field than their success in the classroom.
Unlike stories in the sports pages, however, the league’s scholar-athlete program detailed not only the athletic highlights of the 65 male and female honorees, but provided insight into their volunteerism and academic credentials.
“It’s my favorite night of the year because it honors the best of both worlds,” said GMC President Carl Buffalino, noting National Honor Society induction ceremonies and letterman award banquets focus exclusively on academics or athletics.
Rutgers University assistant football coach Norries Wilson served as the keynote speaker and WBGO-FM news and sports announcer Bruce Johnson presided as the master of ceremonies.
Spotswood’s Bill Visokay was honored as the league’s Athletics Director of the Year.
Four student-athletes, selected at random, received scholarships totaling $1,000.
Detailed biographical sketches of all GMC Scholar-Athletes can be found at MyCentralJersey.com
Christine LaRochelle is a senior at Bishop George Ahr High School. Here, she maintains a GPA of 4.5 and is in the top 10% of her class. At Bishop Ahr she is very involved. She is in National Honors Society, Spanish Honors Society, and she is a Student CMT which is the Crisis Management Team. She has been an active participant in the Christian Social Action Club participating in multiple community service events. Christine has also donated blood and assisted during all the blood drives this year at the school. In her high school athletic career, Christine participated in three varsity sports, volleyball, basketball, and softball, and was a captain for basketball and softball. Throughout her four years, she has been awarded several conference awards for softball. She was also voted best pitcher in the Greater Middlesex Conference this year. Next year, Christine will be attending Stevens Institute of Technology and will major in engineering. She will also be playing on the varsity softball team as a Stevens Duck.
During his high school career, Anthony Abano of Bishop Ahr High School in Edison, was an athlete of basketball, baseball, and cross country. Anthony was the captain of the cross country team and made the varsity teams in each sport starting his sophomore year. Anthony continued playing sports through his senior year. He will be attending Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut in the fall where he plans to remain active by playing club basketball and baseball. Anthony recorded a cumulative grade point average of a 4.03 during his high school career and took various Honors and AP courses during his four years as well. Anthony is majoring in Exercise Science for his undergraduate degree and was also accepted into the Doctor Physical Therapy Graduate Program at Sacred Heart. Because of his extreme interest in science as well as sports related injuries, Physical Therapy caught Anthony’s attention early in his life. Anthony’s leadership qualities allowed him to be a part of the Peer Leadership Program at Bishop Ahr during his senior year. This program focused on helping the freshman in the school get more involved and comfortable. To be in this program, Anthony underwent an extensive interview process where only 36 students out of about 90 were chosen.
In her four years at Cardinal McCarrick High School, Jackie Riley proved herself to be a well-rounded individual. As one of the Captains her senior year of the softball team, she managed as a pitcher to throw 2 perfect games, have 6 shutouts and get her 100th career hit along with breaking numerous school records. She was the career strikeout leader for her school and consistently ranked in the top 15 over the past 3 years as the highest strikeout leader in the state and in her sophomore year, she threw a 21 strikeout game over 7 innings. At Cardinal McCarrick she has participated in various activities and is a Student Ambassador. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society and takes Honors and AP classes. Other sports she has participated in are: Varsity Soccer (2012-2015), Varsity Winter Track (2012), and Varsity Bowling (2013-15). This year she placed 15th at the GMC Individual competition in bowling. She has also been a Fire Explorer for the South Amboy Fire Department and a cadet with the Morgan First Aid Squad. She will continue her studies and softball career at St. Peter’s University as a physical therapy major on athletic and academic scholarships.
As a student, balancing a rigorous academic schedule while playing three sports can be a difficult thing to do, however, Patrick constantly pushes himself to do just that. Throughout his high school career he has been carrying a full load of honor courses and to date has earned a 3.8 GPA. He has been part of the National Honor Society for three years and in his senior year was named the President of the society. Patrick was also named Vice President of Student Council this year. He will graduate with a total of eight earned varsity letters in Cross Country, Indoor Track, and Outdoor Track. Patrick was named captain during his junior year in spring track, and remained captain for all three season his senior year. He was named First Team All Blue Division in the fall 2013 and 2014 cross country seasons, and was named All Blue Division in the spring 2014 and 2015 seasons. In September, he will be attending New Jersey Institute of Technology, where he will be studying Bio- Chemistry.
Caitlin Kelly exhibits all the qualities of a genuine scholar athlete. She strives to be the best both on and off the field. Caitlin has been a four year varsity starter on the softball team and a member of the varsity cheerleading team (senior captain) all four years of high school. As well as being a two sport varsity athlete Caitlin also participates in competition dancing. Caitlin is also a member of the National Honor Society and has taken 12 honors courses throughout her four years at Carteret High School. Caitlin works twice as hard in the classroom to maintain her 3.89 GPA. Her studies have become exceedingly important to her because she takes pride in her classroom victories as if they were victories on the field. While in high school she was also a member of the Antler’s Youth group in her hometown where she has accumulated a total of 1,048 hours of community service. Caitlin enjoys giving up her free time to help the people in her community. In her youth group, she has held the positions of secretary, treasurer, and 1st vice president. She intends to continue volunteering while attending Alvernia University this fall where she will be studying nursing
Ajay Singh is a model student athlete who has been dedicated throughout his four years at Carteret High School to athletics and academics. Ajay has been a four year varsity member of the Soccer team. He was privileged to be a captain for the last two years and really enjoyed mentoring the younger athletes. In his senior year, Ajay received all-division, all-county and all-state honors for soccer. Academically, Ajay has maintained a 3.6 grade point average while being actively involved in school activities. In the summer, Ajay works as a lifeguard at a local pool and during the fall he volunteers as a referee for the Carteret Soccer Recreation Program. Ajay will be continuing his soccer career at Rutgers Newark University in the fall.
Victoria Swierk is a Colonia High School senior Student-Athlete who has been involved in basketball, tennis, and track and field throughout her four years at Colonia High. She held the position of second singles during her senior year playing tennis. Victoria also played as a shooting guard for the basketball team her freshman and sophomore year and throws the discus, javelin, and shot put for Colonia High School’s spring track team. She has been able to participate in these sports while still maintaining her high academic standing in the top 15 percent of her senior class. Victoria has also been volunteering at the First Presbyterian Church of Avenel every summer for the past five years. On top of this, she currently holds the position of Student Council Secretary of Colonia High as well as being in the National Honor Society for the last two years. The Chinese Honor Society and the History Honor Society, known as Rho-kappa, are also programs in which Victoria participates. Above all, Victoria’s main concern is being a well-rounded student in order to prepare herself for being involved in many different types of activities at Caldwell University, where she will be attending in the fall.
Nicholas Filzen has been a four year starting defenseman for the Colonia High School varsity soccer team and captained the team for the past two years. As a junior, he was an All-White Division player, and as a senior, Nick was honored as an All-White Division, All-Conference, All-Area, and All-State (third team) player. He has also played varsity volleyball for three years at Colonia, and captained the team for two. Academically, Nick is ranked in the top 12% of his class and is enrolled in several AP classes. Nick was inducted into the National Honor Society, the Spanish National Honor Society, and the History Honor Society-Rho Kappa. He has served as the Vice President of both his Junior and Senior classes, is a member of the mentoring program Heroes and Cool Kids, and serves on the Student Advisory Board and Athletics Leadership Council. Nick volunteers as a youth basketball coach and works as a referee for both youth basketball and soccer. In the fall, Nick will be attending the University of Delaware in their School of Engineering.
Isabeau Touchard is the female scholar-athlete for the Dunellen Destroyers. She is in the top 1/3rd of her class. She has excelled both on and off the soccer field. She is a three year varsity letter winner and served as a captain this past year. Under Isabeau’s leadership, the young Destroyer squad was able to earn a share of the first Gold Division Championship in the program’s history. According to her coach, “Isabeau was a fierce competitor and tenacious defender. She was an integral part in building a solid foundation for our young program.” Besides soccer Isabeau has competed in tennis and track. Other activities she has participated in include Biology Club, French Club, Drama Club, and also served as a peer leader. She attended Girls State at Georgian Court University. Isabeau is very involved with the deaf community helping her mom with different fundraisers. She has volunteered at many deaf festivals as well as ASL Conventions and can speak sign language fluently. Isabeau plans to continue her education at Rochester Institute of Technology where she will major in ASL Interpreting and Deaf Studies.
David’s Johnson’s commitment to excellence and strong work ethic, as well as his “Never quit” attitude has helped him become a highly respected scholar-athlete in the small community of Dunellen. He has distinquished himself as a stellar three sport varsity letter winner in football, basketball, and baseball earning ten varsity letters. David was an All-Division selection in all three sports and also served as captain for all three. As the QB for the football team he rushed for over 1200 yards while leading the Destroyers to the state sectional finals against Shabazz at Kean University. “David will be remembered as one of the great all-around athletes in Destroyer history,” according to football coach Dave DeNapoli. In the winter he led the Destroyer basketball team to the playoffs and broke the schools scoring record with a career mark of 1350 points. In addition to his athletic exploits David has served as a Peer Leader, Safety Ambassador and attended Boys State. He has been a leader and role model on and off the playing field. He has spent several years volunteering his time to a variety of the youth recreation programs in town. David will continue his education at Kutztown University where he will continue his basketball career and major in Special Education.
As a student-athlete Emily has a cumulative GPA of 4.22 and was a co-captain of the East Brunswick Field Hockey team. Athletics and academic accomplishment has positively affected her life in many ways. Though community service requirements are completed, she continues teaching current events and became a positive role model for younger students at Temple B’nai Shalom.
She was privileged to participate in Model UN and “We the People”. Both of which taught her cooperation and respect for other cultures. Emily helped lead East Brunswick’s “We the People” team to its first top-ten performance at Nationals in three years. Emily describes this as a feeling as only being rivaled by winning GMC’s as a freshman. Despite varying teammate’s views, Emily’s leadership helped mitigated disagreements and helped the team compete. Emily is a very passionate person and next year she plans to study International Relations and play field hockey at Tufts University. She was motivated by her favorite teacher who said, “even if there are many great people, the best will always succeed.” When Emily’s competitive spirit translates to academics and working for the common good, she finds ways to succeed.
Throughout high school Sean made it a point to balance academics, athletics, arts, and community service. In the classroom he boasts a 4.21 cumulative GPA and a 2260 SAT score. He is also involved in the Spanish Honor Society, NHS, Mu Alpha Theta and was appointed to American Legion New Jersey Boy’s State. These accomplishments would be unattainable without the discipline Sean learned from sports. He was on the volleyball team, but his biggest commitment was playing for the East Brunswick High School football team since the 8th grade. In his senior year he was appointed to Team Leadership Council, and received the honors of: Top 100 players in the GMC, All- County, All-Division, and All-Area Second Team. In the summers of 2013 and 2014, Sean organized the Bears Fighting Hunger Food Drive which raised over 9000 pounds of food for M.C.F.O.O.D.S. He also volunteered for Buddy Baseball and Basketball, fundraised for the American Cancer Society through the Relay for Life, and provided companionship and physical assistance to the elderly through the Interfaith Network of Care. In addition he has played percussion with the School Concert Band since 5th grade and performs at community events.
Middlesex County Vocational Technical
(East Brunswick Campus)
Christa DeMaio exemplifies all of the traits of a scholar athlete: commitment, dedication and leadership. Academically, Christa has challenged herself for four years taking our most rigorous track. She will graduate in June in the top 10% of her class with an impressive GPA of 4.1. Christa is a 4-year Varsity Cross Country runner. She was MVP of our Lady Tigers Cross Country team in 10th grade, and because of her outstanding leadership abilities and attendance, Christa was chosen the team captain for two years, where she leads by example. Always looking to improve, Christa attended an elite running camp two years in a row at Monmouth University, and competed in one of the largest Cross Country Meets in the U.S. – the Paul Short Run at Lehigh University. Christa will attend NJIT in the fall.
Brett Temple – in a word, EXTRAORDINARY! Brett has taken our most rigorous academic track with excellent results: High honor roll every marking level since 9th grade! Because of his hard work and diligence, Brett will graduate in June as the Class of 2015 Valedictorian with a perfect 5.0 GPA. Brett’s theatrical abilities are superior. He has maintained this amazing academic profile while simultaneously shooting a major motion picture participating in every main stage production, working on his own Senior Showcase in Theatre, and assisting other young actors in the program.
Brett is a 2-year Varsity Cross Country member. His coach describes him as a really hard worker and a great role model for younger team members to look up to. Even with his incredibly busy schedule, Brett has been a starter for all meets and invitationals in the last two years. Brett also competed in one of the largest Cross Country Meets in the U.S. – the Paul Short Run at Lehigh University. Brett will enter the BFA Acting Program at Rutgers University, Mason Gross in the fall.
Amie Ko Ko
Amie Ko is currently a senior at Edison High School and is a very active student in both the school and the community. She has been swimming competitively for about 10 years for the Metuchen Edison YMCA. Her sophomore year, Amie represented EHS at the Greater Middlesex Conference Swim Championship, placing in the top 5 every year. In her junior and senior year, Amie made school history as the first ever student from Edison High to be County Champion in a swimming event. Aside from high school swimming, Amie is a YMCA National Swimmer and will be attending the Long Course National Championships in Indiana this August. Along with sports, Amie is a dedicated student and is a part of the National Honors Society, Spanish Honors Society, and National Art Honors Society. She also loves coordinating events for her school through the Class of 2015 Student Council and was both Junior Class Vice President and Senior Class Vice President. This fall, Amie will be attending the Gabelli School of Business at Fordham University and will be swimming Division 1. With strength and determination, she is looking forward to growing both as a student and an athlete in the coming years.
Andre Yates has shown his hard work and dedication off the field at Edison High School by achieving honor roll multiple times in the various honors and AP courses he is currently enrolled in. Andre has been accepted into the National Honors Society and has also been awarded Student of the Month for the month of January by the Edison Rotary club. Andre is the captain of both the varsity football and track teams and has competed on the football team for all four years of high school and on the track team for three years. Andre holds multiple school records for track and recently received the Most Valuable Player award for the 2015 season. He has also been recognized as top 100 in the county for football and received recognition for his work on the football field by receiving the Coaches Award this past season. For the past several years, Andre has volunteered at many different events to try and help raise awareness of the many homeless veterans that are in our communities today. He has participated in several fundraising events to raise money and has also solicited several of his peers from school to help towards this cause. Andre hopes to continue his studies and athletics at Rutgers this upcoming fall.
Sarah has excelled in the classroom and on the athletic field at Highland Park. She has a 4.38 cumulative GPA and has taken numerous AP and honors courses. She was a two year captain and a three time all-division soccer player leading her team to three consecutive division titles. She volunteers for the Highland Park Buddy Ball program– a program that offers athletic experiences to students with special needs. She is also the president of her synagogue’s youth group that plans and runs events for children. Sarah will continue her education at The University of Puget Sound.
Maverick has excelled at Highland Park High School in the classroom and in athletics. He has a 4.48 GPA and has taken numerous AP and honors courses. Maverick was the 2013 NJSIAA state singles tennis champion and he led his team to back to back state sectional titles in 2012 and 2013. He hopes to defend his title in a few weeks. He also ran cross country in the fall. When he can get away from his busy tennis schedule, he volunteers for Buddy Ball–a program designed to give athletic opportunities to children with special needs. Maverick will continue his education next year at Cornell University.
John F. Kennedy
Emily Shibata has been a model of consistency throughout her academic and athletic career at JFK. A 12-time varsity letter winner, Emily has been one of, if not the best distance runner on the cross country and track teams since her freshman year. Although she is soft-spoken, Emily has proven to be a team leader. Her likeable, friendly demeanor has consistently won over her teammates and her work ethic has set a great example for her teammates to follow. Emily’s ability and effort have earned her several athletic honors, including all-white division in cross country and team MVP. Her presence will surely be missed after she graduates. In the classroom, Emily is even more formidable. All of her teachers would agree that she is a superb student and has immense intellectual promise as she is ranked #17 in the class with a 3.99 GPA. She excels in her 6 AP classes and is a devoted member of the French Honor Society. Her contributions to the school did not go unnoticed by her teachers, as she was voted a finalist for homecoming queen. Emily plans on attending NJIT in the Fall and majoring in Environmental Engineering.
Ari King has been a stellar student- athlete during his four years at JFK. His 3.5 GPA and class rank of 43 has earned him the respect of his peers. Everything Ari has done throughout his academic and athletic career has been with the state of mind that he is there to make the people around him better. Ari has earned 9 varsity letters in football, winter and spring track and has been named to the All-Division team in both track seasons. This past season he was the captain of our football team, a role in which he understood the privilege and responsibilities that came along with being a leader. Ari was also a finalist in the Heart of a Giant Award, an honor giving by the New York Giants Football Organization to the hardest working football in the Tri-State area. Ari is also a member of the FBLA, National Honor Society and Diabetes club. Ari’s community service includes participation in the MS walk and the Breast Cancer walk. Ari’s future plans include attending Rutgers University to pursue a career in Sports Management.
John P. Stevens
Susan Zhao has been an asset to the John P. Stevens community and its volleyball team for the past four years. Susan is a three year letter winner and was selected All Red Division and All Conference this past year. As Captain she helped guide the Hawks to an 18-9 season record, and the school’s first state playoff victory. Susan is involved in a myriad of extracurricular school activities. She serves as the President of both the Orchestra and Robotics Club. In addition, Susan is active in numerous charities, she is most proud of her contributions to cancer research. She is a member of National Honor Society, National English Honor Society, National Science Honor Society, National Spanish Honor Society and National Social Studies Honor Society. Susan does all this while maintaining a GPA of 5.63. Susan has been able to maintain a high level of achievement in her academics. In the fall Susan will attend the University of Pennsylvania.
Sarthak Mohanty has served his school community as a dedicated scholar-athlete and motivated student leader at J.P.Stevens. With a 5.45 GPA, his academic accomplishments include memberships into the National Honor Society and Latin Honor Society. He received the “Student of the Month” for March from the Edison Rotary Club. His community service hours are countless, including volunteering for the JFK Brain Trauma Rehabilitation Unit; the international Rotary, where he worked with children and young adults in India at health care clinics. Sarthak is really known for his accomplishments on the tennis court! He is the most decorated in schools history as a 4-year Varsity player and a 2-year captain. He was named 4-time All Red Division, 4-time All-Conference, 2-time All-Area and county, and a 2-time GMC Champion at 2nd and 3rd singles. He qualified for the state singles tournament all 4 years with a quarterfinal finish in 2013. He is responsible for the team winning a 3-Peat Championship this year at the GMC Tournament! Sarthak gives back to the sport by volunteering at clinics as a tennis instructor. His leadership, dedication, and sportsmanship set a true example for his teammates. Sarthak will attend TCNJ 7-year medical program.
Liane Cifrodelli is one of the nicest student athletes that have ever passed through Metuchen High School. She always has a kind word for her classmates and teammates and yet anyone who has seen her compete knows she has fierce desire to win within the true spirit of the game. She is outstanding in victory yet gracious in defeat. Her heart is always in the game and with her team. Liane has been an integral part of the Metuchen High School basketball and softball teams for the past four years. Last year in the state sectional finals in basketball Liane found her team down by seven points with 1:37 left in overtime. Liane took charge of the game at that point and she drilled the three point shot in the final seconds that propelled her team to a sectional championship. Her strengths on the athletic field begin with her desire to play hard and her intensity. Her leadership skills have defined her role on each team. Liane will continue her education next as she attends Rutgers University in the fall.
Joe Choi is a humble and unassuming young man. He has incredibly high expectations for himself that he is consistently able to meet, and is the quintessential well-rounded student. What sets him apart from the crowd is his innate intelligence and utter determination to succeed in every endeavor he commits himself to. Academically, Joe has consistently taken the most rigorous program of studies available. Joe’s flawless transcript showcases his abilities in his 9 honors and 11 AP courses. It should come as no surprise that he has been inducted into the National and Spanish Honor Societies. Beyond the classroom, Joe has been an active member of our Track team. He tells people that track has taught him that success requires some pain and most of all, perseverance. Joe is a valued member of our Science, Math, and Engineering Teams and is active with the Italian Club. Joe contributes to his church, and youth group is a very important part of his life. Joe plans to continue his education at Georgia Tech in the fall.
Samantha Todd is a talent both in the classroom and out. She currently ranks 13th in her class with a 4.58 GPA. She has been a member of the National Honor Society for the past 3 years as she has reached honor roll status every marking period since the start of her freshman year. Samantha is also active and involved beyond the normal school hours. She is a member of the PRIDE Club, the Yearbook Club, Youth and Government, the Key Club, the French Honors Society, the Environmental Club and the secretary for Amnesty International. She also volunteers her time raising money through Teens for Jeans, the Middlesex Food Bank, the Somerset Food Bank as well as the local Veterans. Samantha is also a tremendous athlete. She is the #1 tennis player in the fall as well as the #1 golfer during the spring season. Samantha has enjoyed a lot of individual and team success during her 4 years at Middlesex High School. She looks forward to continuing her education at Seton Hall University in the Fall.
Douglas Pettit is a rare two way star. He currently ranks 18th in his class with a 4.51 GPA. He has been a member of the National Honor Society for the past 2 years as he has achieved honor roll status every marking period since the start of his freshman year. Douglas is also busy outside of the normal school day. He volunteers his time coaching youth soccer and is a very diligent worker. He currently runs his own successful landscaping business, with 17 active accounts and shares his love of golf as an employee at the Bound Brook Driving Range. Douglas is also a very talented athlete. He was a starting safety on the varsity football team and he is the #1 golfer on the boys golf team, where he has lettered all four years at MHS. He has earned several accolades for his play, including the Harry Vardon Award for lowest score each of the last 3 years, All-Blue Division in 2013 and 2014 and All GMC last spring. Douglas looks forward to continuing his education beyond high school with plans on becoming a doctor.
Middlesex County Academy for Science, Mathematics & Engineering Technologies
Aayush, an Edison Township resident, studies civil and mechanical engineering at the Middlesex County Academy for Science, Mathematics and Engineering Technologies. He earned the starting goalkeeper job as a junior and has been a solid leader both on and off the field. In addition to his rigorous coursework, Aayush volunteers at the Metuchen YMCA assisting with pre-school students and feeds his passion for the Sanskrit language through a program that has led to fluency and an opportunity to “give back” to a community in India whose primary spoken language is Sanskrit. Aayush has earned a full scholarship to the Albert Dorman Honors College at the New Jersey Institute of Technology where he will pursue a degree in mechanical engineering.
Casey Schieda is in the top 20 of my graduating class and has received principal’s list or honor roll every marking period of high school. She is also a member of the National Honors Society and Spanish Honors Society. Along with focusing on her academics, she has been a four year varsity starter in softball and field hockey, two year varsity track runner, and a captain of the softball and field hockey team. In the 2014 GMC Championship, she was named the GMC MVP and has been chosen to the first team All-Area for softball as well. DECA and Teen Pep are scholastic activities she also participates in which allows her to show her leadership skills with her peers. Outside of school, she plays travel softball for the Jersey Flames Gold team and volunteers her time as an instructor for the Gold Level softball camps. Next year, she will be attending Stockton University to study elementary education and continue her softball career.
Kyle Knotts is 5th in his class with a 100.2143 GPA and a National Honors Society member. He has taken 12 AP courses: Statistics, US History, Language, Physics I, Calculus AB/BC, Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Psychology, Literature, Government, Human Geography, and Environmental Science, and his scores have earned him an AP Scholar with Distinction Award. He is a four year Varsity letterman. In his sophomore year the team won a county championship, a sectional championship, and earned a trip to the Group IV final. His senior year he was named captain and won another county championship, as well as making a return to the sectional final. The team finished #9 in the state, and he was the only player to start every game. Kyle has volunteered at the Future Falcons Soccer Camp, a program designed to develop the skills of elementary-aged children in Monroe, for the past few summers in association with the boys soccer team, as well as helping to clean hurricane damage with the team after Irene and Sandy. He has also worked at the Special Olympics hosted by TCNJ. As captain he has had to set the tone and present a model for the younger players as to how they should conduct themselves on and off the field and respond to adversity. Kyle tried to help create and promote a family atmosphere in the locker room that made guys want to play for each other and demonstrate that academic and athletic success are not mutually exclusive.
Throughout her 4 years at Mother Seton, Taylor Martinez has been dedicated to balancing athletics and academics. As a 4 year Varsity member of the Cheerleading team, Taylor was not only a member but was named Captain in her Junior and senior years. As Captain, she was the true definition of what a leader should be. Taylor leads by example and strives for perfection not only for herself but for the team. She was responsible for the choreography of routines and for teaching those routines to the team. Taylor was also a 3 year Varsity member of the Track team. Along with balancing academics and athletics, Taylor is also a competitive dancer and dances ten to fifteen hours each week. Her hard work ethic is demonstrated through her 3.9 GPA. In recognition of her commitment to academics, service and leadership, Taylor was inducted into the National Honor Society as a junior. Taylor has taken part in numerous activities for her school, she was a member of the Seton Ambassador Program, a Mentor to underclassmen in the Mentor program and was also a part of the Big Sister/Little Sister program. She was also chosen to be the Editor in Chief of Mother Seton’s yearbook this year. Taylor’s leadership, dedication and commitment will be an asset to her at Kean University where she plans to major in Education.
Kelly Turcios, a true student-athlete in New Brunswick, has been a success both on and off the court. She was a four year basketball & two year volleyball athlete who maintained a high overall GPA. Her athletic career at the high school has been both rewarding and exciting. Kelly’s character, leadership, and outstanding ability led her to selections for numerous athletic school awards. Her great attitude and determination was recognized by her teammates as she was named Captain for the volleyball and basketball seasons. Kelly’s accomplishments extend well beyond the court. Her grades have earned her Honor Roll and Principals Honor Roll. She is a member in the schools Play It Smart Program, Rutgers Future Scholars Program and the prestigious National Honor Society. Kelly has volunteered every year in the community is one of the leading community service volunteers in the school, with over 200 hours over the past four years. She gets tremendous joy from volunteering for the NJ Special Olympics. Upon graduation, Kelly will be attending Rutgers University majoring in Pre Medicine.
Connor Cutinello has been a true leader in New Brunswick and has been a success both on and off the track. He was a four year cross country, winter and spring track runner who maintained a high overall GPA. Connor leads by example and never hesitates to work hard to improve. Due to his commitment to bettering himself on the track, he was selected to the winter track all-white division team. This recognition is in addition to the numerous athletic school awards. His positive and caring attitude towards teammates was recognized by everyone as he was named Captain for the Winter and Spring seasons. Connor’s accomplishments extend well beyond the track. His grades have earned him Honor Roll multiple consecutive marking periods. He is a member in the schools Play It Smart Program and AVID Program. Connor has also volunteered in the community as a senior mentor. He understands that helping his fellow classmates helps to build a better future. He is looked to by his peers, coaches and teachers as a true student-athlete. Upon graduation, Connor will be attending Rutgers University majoring in Biology.
Taylor has earned a GPA of 4.26 and is a member of the National Honor Society, French Honor Society, and the National Society of High School Scholars. Most recently, Taylor was a Commended Student for the national Merit Scholarship. Taylor has played on the Lady Raiders Tennis team for three years, and participated in the NJSIAA State Championship for First Doubles each year. Taylor was a major component of the undefeated White Division Championship and All-County Selection in 2013. Taylor also loves dance. She has been dancing for fifteen years, earning gold in multiple dance competitions. She has also been a student teacher at the studio and this year she teaches her own intermediate jazz class. At NBTHS, she is a peer educator through the Senior Leadership program, the President of the PAWS club for Animals, the Vice President of the French Club, and the Secretary of the Prevention Using Student Help club. She also serves the township by supervising children after school and as a tennis coach. Taylor has volunteered 225 hours at the township Summer Camp and 290 hours in the Guidance Department. Taylor will be attending Vassar College to study English and Dance in the fall.
Huafeng (Lester) Fan
The male representative from NBTHS is Huafeng Fan, but commonly known as Lester among his peers. Throughout high school, Lester has concentrated on both sports and on academics. Academically, he has achieved a 4.51 weighted GPA and a 3.98 unweighted GPA throughout my high school career, placing him at the top of the class. Lester scored a 2230 on the SAT, 800, 780 and 770 on the SAT II Math, Chemistry, and Physics tests respectively. He loves foreign languages, and he speaks both Mandarin Chinese and German in addition to English. Athletically, Lester participates in three seasons of varsity athletics; he ran varsity cross country for three years, and ran the 1600m, the 3200m, and the 800m in track for two years. Lester is also a member of the NBTHS tennis team. He is a tutor for my community, and he volunteers as a server and cleaner at Elijah’s Promise soup kitchen in New Brunswick. Extracurricularly, Lester is a member of the Model United Nations, the National Honors Society, the National German Honors Society, and Mathletes clubs. Lester intends on focusing on Electrical and Computer Engineering in College.
Samantha Potts is a 3 sport varsity athlete, earning 12 letters in soccer, basketball, and lacrosse. Samantha has received Old Bridge High School’s Athletic Knight Star several times and was named Captain of all three sports. In her soccer career, Samantha earned most improved, most versatile, and was the MVP senior year. In addition, she made 1st team all-conference, 1st team all-division and 1st team all-area. In her basketball career, she received honorable mention twice and was named MVP as well. Lastly, in her lacrosse career, she made 1st team all-conference, 2nd team all-area and was named NJ.com’s star athlete of the week. In addition to Samantha’s athletic achievements, she is a part of 4 Honor Societies including National Honor Society, the Peer Leadership Program, the Athletic Leadership Committee and is the Editor in Chief of the yearbook. She volunteers at lacrosse and basketball clinics to teach young kids how to play and tutors different age groups in a variety of subjects. She has taken 10 honor classes and has maintained a 4.1 GPA, holding a class rank in the top 15%. Samantha will be attending Penn State University, majoring in Athletic Training and hopes to become a Physical Therapist.
Jayson Gilbert has earned 8 letters in his four years at Old Bridge High School. He participates in track and field, as well as cross country. Jayson holds three school records, and holds county records alongside a relay. Furthermore, he is an All Area, All State, and All American athlete. At the New Balance Indoor Nationals, Jayson and his relay placed 2nd in the country. This relay was the 5th fastest time ever run in New Jersey and the 16th fastest time ever run nationally. Along with Jayson’s athletic accolades, he is ranked 87 out of a class of 768 students. His GPA is a 4.52, and he has taken 6 AP courses. Jayson is a member of the French Honor Society, Math Honor Society, and National Honor Society. He is a Peer Leader who has helped the program raise $10,000 for cancer research. Also, Jayson has volunteered with road clean ups and car washes. Aside from his community service, he is employed at Summer Hill Nursing Home. Jayson will be furthering his studies at University of Connecticut, majoring in Chemical Engineering.
Karen Done has distinguished herself as a true athlete and a determined and focused student. Karen has always challenged herself academically despite being a new student in this country not knowing a word of English on her first day of high school. Her story and her triumphs display her character and the type of individual she is. She perseveres in even the most difficult situations. She has taken the most rigorous course load all while maintaining an extremely high GPA, volunteering, being an active member of the school community, and a student athlete. All of these accomplishments were acknowledged when she was inducted into the National Honor Society her junior year. Not only has she succeeded academically but through her accomplishments it is apparent that she excelled athletically as well. She is a 4-year letter winner in Spring Track & Field and a 3-year letter winner in XC and Winter Track serving as Captain all three seasons her senior year. She was GMC all-division in her sophomore and junior years for the 800 meters. Karen will be attending Rutgers University in the fall and will be pursuing a degree in Chemistry.
Larry has earned a 3.6 GPA and is a member of the National Honor Society, Heroes and Cool Kids, Teen PEP, NFL Leadership Program and the Bible Club. Larry has lettered in Varsity Football, where he was a 2 year Captain, MVP and Defensive MVP. He was an All Area selection in 2014. He has also lettered in Varsity Track and Field. Larry volunteers his time to the youth of Perth Amboy, helping out the Red Raiders Football Program and Perth Amboy Recreation Summer Programs. In Perth Amboy High School, Larry is a Peer tutor during Athletic Study Halls and before school. He has handed out food during food drives to the needy in the community. Larry will be attending and playing football at the University of New Haven in the fall, receiving an Academic and Athletic scholarship.
Perth Amboy Vocational Technical
Lucia Cagnani is a highly involved student currently studying Culinary Arts at Perth Amboy Tech. Salutatorian of the Senior Class, Lucia possesses a grade point average of 4.9. Her highest academic honor was being inducted as a member of the 20142015National Technical Honor Society. Her awards include: Soccer MVP, NJSTARS, NJSIAA Scholar-Athlete, and GMC Scholar-Athlete. Helping not just herself but others reach their goals, Lucia’s service to school and community include: Running/Volleyball Club, Skills USA, Student Council, and Class officer. Athletically, Lucia is a four year member of the Perth Amboy Tech Soccer and Basketball programs, and is Co-Captain of the Girls Basketball program. Lucia has been accepted at Middlesex County College, Kean University, and Montclair State University. It is her intention to major in Physical/Health Education and Athletic Training.
Cristhian J. Sosa
Cris Sosa is a highly invested student who is currently studying Computer System Technology at Perth Amboy Tech. Cris Sosa is ranked as one of the top students in his senior class and has earned a 4.6 GPA. He has been inducted into the National Technical Honor Society. Cris has been involved in Sports all four years of his High School Career. He has played Varsity Soccer and is currently the Varsity Baseball Captain. Cris Sosa was also the recipient of the 2015 Student Recognition Award.
As a High Honor Roll Student, Cris Sosa also helps out his Community by regularly offering his time to others and being involved in community service, he represents his peers in Student Council as the Secretary of his class. Cris Sosa has been accepted to Middlesex County College where he plans on studying Computer Science.
The summer going into Josephine’s sophomore year, she showed up to her very first field hockey practice with nothing but her curiosity and a stick. Josephine has played every field hockey season since then and was even given the unique opportunity to captain the team during her senior year. Playing field hockey has shaped Josephine into a hardworking, dependable, and mature young woman. This sport has challenged Josephine to perform her best on and off the field. Besides being a volunteer EMT, a Student Ambassador, and the co-president of the Cancer Awareness Society, Josephine has also managed to maintain a 4.3 GPA. As she continues her education at Rutgers University this fall, there is no doubt in Josephine’s mind that the lessons she has learned from playing field hockey will continue to benefit her in all future endeavors.
Kevin Ruoff has been a three sport athlete for all four years at Piscataway High School while maintaining a 4.0 GPA. He has competed on the cross country and track and field teams for four years and split his four years of eligibility in the winter between wrestling and swimming. He is proud to have been on both a cross country team that won the Middlesex County Red Division championship and a swim team that placed 4th in GMC championships, its highest ever finish. His senior year he was a captain for all three of his sports, a leader on and off the track, in and out of the pool. Outside of athletics Kevin is part of many clubs, including the National Honor Society and World Language Honor Society, in which he tutors other students and provides service to his school. Outside of school he is part of his church’s youth group, volunteering to help FISH, World Vision and the community. He would like to thank those that have supported him throughout his high school career, especially his coaches and parents. Kevin will be attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill this fall.
Piscataway Vocational Technical
Mykiela Acevedo is a senior at Middlesex County Vocational and Technical Schools, Piscataway Campus. Mykiela has excelled her four years in high school by being on the honor roll since her freshmen year. Mykiela would like to attend college after high school to pursue her interest in the Baking/ Language Arts field. Mykiela enjoys being creative and inventing various pastries for her family and friends. Although Mykiela is very sweet and quiet young lady, she is an enthusiastic softball player. Mykiela plays the position of the pitcher. She mentioned she plays because it gives her the opportunity to do something positive. Another aspect of Mykiela which many of her peers do not know is her involvement in a leadership position. Every summer Mykiela is involved in the Pathways program. At Pathways, Mykiela mentors the youth and completes various activities with them. She mentioned the focus on the mentorship is mostly on Language Arts. This award represents the diversitility of Mykiela that many of her peers do not know about her. Mykiela has always been very focused since her freshmen year and with her drive to be successful this scholarship will be very beneficial to her bright future.
When you hear of a young man or a young lady who is “the entire package”, your mental image should turn immediately to Senior, Jeffrey Noyola. This young man exemplifies the best in the future of America. Not only has he performed superlatively as a 4 year starter and a 3 year captain of our Soccer Team, but his work ethic from the field has been repeatedly proved also in the classroom with a 3.2 GPA, and in his career major, Automotive Technology. Jeffrey looks towards the future, and has already begun planning his attendance at Kean University, where he will major in accounting. This two-time GMC Gold Division earner and 2-time MVP has always given his best as a center-forward and in playing center-defense. He will always give his best, and there are only exciting things to come for him in the future.
Stephen has been on the principal’s list for all 16 quarters of his high school career, accumulating a 4.82 GPA over the four years. He has also earned various awards and honors, including numerous subject awards, the AATG/PAD Study Trip Award, and the valedictorian. Stephen has participated in nine seasons as a cross country, winter track and spring track athlete at St. Joseph High School, having earned six varsity letters. He primarily runs the 800 meter dash in track, and some of his accomplishments include placing sixth individually in the County and placing third in the County on his team’s Distance Medley Relay. Stephen is an active Boy Scout in his hometown, where he has spent countless hours serving the community. His own Eagle Project, which was the beautification of the Washington Campground in Bridgewater, totaled 250 hours of volunteer work. Stephen is also an active member of his Church and his school’s Campus Ministry program. Stephen participates in various clubs and activities inside his school, including German Club, and Student Council. He has served as President, Vice President and Class Representative on the Student Council and is the Vice President of his school’s National Honor Society.
Sam’s time at Sayreville War Memorial High School has had a major impact on her life. Through her athletic and academic achievements, she has continued to grow and work hard to strive to be an outstanding student athlete. As a member of Varsity Girls Golf Team for four years, she continues to improve her game and was the captain during her senior year. She has continued to compete in both team and individual tournament competitions during each season. In addition to golf, Samantha has played ice hockey for the New Jersey Rockets. In school, she is a member of three academic honor societies and is 7th in her class of 425 students with a 4.334 GPA. Samantha will continue to play club hockey and major in mathematics next year when she attends the University of Rhode Island.
Over the past four years, Jehyve has continued to grow both as a student and an athlete here at Sayreville War Memorial High School. He has continued to excel in the classroom through hard work and dedication to his studies to achieve a final GPA of 3.794 and a class rank of 59th out of 425 students. Jehyve has continued to be active in school events and is a member of SADD.
On the court, his continued growth on the basketball court throughout his four years was evident. As he grew in height, he also grew in ability and determination to become the best basketball player in could be. His senior year was rewarded with Jehyve being named to the All-GMC Basketball Team as well as the All White Division first team. With the combination of outstanding academics and tremendous basketball talents, Jehyve has earned a full scholarship to Holy Cross to continue his growth and future both on and off the court.
Ofelia Javelosa is an outstanding senior athlete at South Amboy High School with a high academic drive. She is ranked 2nd in her class with a 4.0 GPA, which exemplifies her self-discipline in balancing soccer, National Honor Society, Student Council, and the National Art Honor Society. For the past four years she has served as a leader on the field as well as a leader in the classroom. Ofelia is very engaged in her community by not only helping out the veterans through History club, but also by tutoring peers and younger students, and helping out with food and toy drives for local families. She will continue her education in college where she will pursue a career in the medical field.
Isiah Lozano is a 17-year-old senior from South Amboy High School who had become an exceptional student athlete during his high school career. Not only does he balance sports with his studies, Isiah is currently ranked at the top of his class with a perfect 4.0 GPA. Showcasing his talents in a number of sports, he was a member of varsity cross country, and is currently in track. Enriching his ability in all aspects, Isiah never ceased to attempt to be the best in all of his endeavors, as exemplified with his captainship in track and membership in multiple Honor Societies. Along with his many extracurricular activities, Isiah also tutors underclassmen that struggle in various school subjects. Currently undecided on a university, he aspires to be an engineer in the near future.
During Sarah’s high school career, her hard work and dedication has earned her, both, academic and athletic success. Sarah is a three year letter winner in both soccer and lacrosse. During her time on the soccer team, she was named co-captain her senior year and received the Outstanding Defender Award for 2013 and 2014 seasons. For lacrosse, Sarah was named to the GMC All Conference 2nd Team her junior year and also serves as a co-captain for the team. She not only excelled on the field, but in the classroom as well. Maintaining a weighted cumulative GPA of 4.06, Sarah took honors, AP, and college level courses. Her academic and athletic endeavors, as well as becoming a member of her school’s Student Council her sophomore and junior year, has helped Sarah to strengthen her leadership skills. This year, Sarah is continuing to build upon her leadership skills as a Peer Leader working with the freshmen. Next year Sarah will be attending the University of Delaware as a member of the honors program while majoring in business.
Through hard work and dedication, Jack has achieved success in both academics and athletics at South Brunswick High School. Jack has a 4.02 GPA, while taking both AP and honors classes. He is a two-year National Honors Society member and was selected to be a Peer Leader. Jack has played varsity basketball for all four years of his high school career and played varsity volleyball for the past three. During Jack’s senior basketball season, he led the team in points per game and field goal percentage. He made 64 three-pointers in his senior season and 106 in his career. Jack also led the team in defensive charges. After the 2014-2015 basketball season, he was awarded team Most Valuable Player, SBHS Senior Athlete of the Year, and was selected for the GMC All-Star Game. He was voted All Red Division and All Conference by the Coaches Association and was selected to the third team All-Area. Jack was recruited by Stevens Institute of Technology where he will study Mechanical Engineering and continue his basketball career.
Holly DeLair has distinguished herself both as an athlete and academic student at South Plainfield High School. Holly is a member of the National Honor Society, serving as its Public Relations Officer, and is secretary of the Student Council, as improving the lives of her classmates has played a major role in her high school career. Holly has always been looked upon as a leader among her peers. This past year she served as captain of both the field hockey and softball teams, where she has been a leader both on and off the field. In September of this year Holly was honored as the Edison Rotary Student of the Month. Holly was nominated by the faculty and serves as a Peer Leader and member of Heroes and Cool Kids. She was also a representative at Kean University Leadership Conference in March. Holly’s leadership skills are recognized by both her peers and the faculty. Holly is a great contributor to the South Plainfield community, where she serves as a Latchkey Assistant, Arista Care volunteer and a Junior Field Hockey coach. Holly has a current G.P.A. of 4.45 on a scale of 5. Holly will be attending the University of South Carolina in the fall.
Mark Butrico can honestly say that in his four years at South Plainfield High School he was dedicated to making those four years as productive as possible. In the area of academics he was a member of the National Honor Society and the Spanish Honor Society and has a 4.58 G.P.A. Being a Student Leader provided him with the opportunity to help his community by being involved as a Latchkey volunteer, Hands of Hope, Holiday Toy Drive, and Heroes and Cool Kids, serving as a mentor to 5th and 6th grade students. In December of this year he was honored as the Edison Rotary Student of the Month and attended the Elks Leadership Conference in February. Mark is also involved in the South Plainfield community as a member of the Columbian Squires. Mark has participated in four varsity sports. Mark has served as a Captain for the Golf and Soccer teams, and was selected the MVP of the Group III State Champion Soccer Team. He was the swim team Rookie of the Year his junior year. Mark is very supportive of all the athletes at South Plainfield and thus he is well respected by his peers. Mark will be attending the University of Maryland in the fall.
Alyssa has been a Varsity starter for the girls’ basketball team since her freshman year and has been captain of the team since her sophomore year. She was awarded Blue Division Freshman of the Year in 2012 and named All-Division in the next three seasons. She played an integral role in winning the division title in both the 2014 and 2015 seasons. In her senior season she helped lead her team in winning the Central Jersey Sectional State Championship. She reached her 1000th point and became the third highest leading scorer for girls at South River High School. Alyssa has also been a Varsity cheerleader since her freshman year. She was captain of the team in her senior season and was selected to participate in this year’s Snapple Bowl game for Middlesex County. In school, Alyssa has achieved Honor Roll status throughout the past 4 years and maintained a 4.0 GPA. She is the Vice President of her class, a member of the National Honor Society, and an officer for Student Council. Alyssa will be graduating in the top 10% of her class and is attending West Chester University in the fall.
Nicholas has been a starter for the varsity baseball team since his freshman year and was selected captain his senior year. He has received Honorable Mention in Middlesex County the past three years and was selected to play in the Middlesex County Underclassmen All-Star game his junior year. He is currently amidst his senior season batting over .350 and nearing 100career hits. His team is in contention for the Blue Division title, and a top 2 seed in the Central Jersey Group 1 State Tournament. Nicholas also played varsity football since his sophomore year and was the starting quarterback during his junior and senior seasons. In his junior season his team went undefeated in the division to win the Blue Division title, and he was selected captain his senior year.
Nicholas has been an Honor Roll student throughout high school, maintaining a 4.0 GPA while playing sports, junior coaching, and working several baseball camps. Nicholas also donated to the “Pitch In for Baseball” charity by collecting used equipment for them to distribute to needy kids all over the world. Nicholas will be attending Rowan University in the fall, where he will continue his baseball career.
Gwynn Marotta has had success both academically and athletically at Spotswood High School. She is a member of the National Honor Society, where her roles include peer tutoring and serving as a member of the attendance appeals board. She is a nine time recipient of the Greater Middlesex Conference Academic Award. Gwynn is a varsity letter winner in three different sports: soccer, basketball and track. She was selected as all blue division, and to the all GMC team for basketball. Her accomplishments also include second team “All Area” for the Home News Tribune. Gwynn is also an active member in her community. She is a part of her church’s youth group and goes on the weeklong mission trip each year. She also volunteers at a North Brunswick pre-school where she assists with cleaning and decorating the school. As a leader, Gwynn was made captain of the soccer and basketball team for her senior year. Gwynn has truly enjoyed her time at Spotswood High School, in the class and on the court. She will always remember the camaraderie and friendships she developed with her team mates on soccer, basketball and track.
While at Spotswood High School, Mason White has kept a 4.5 GPA, during which he was an Honor-Roll student, became involved in National Honor Society, Peer Mediation, Peer Tutoring, and DECA, where he was a state finalist in Sports and Entertainment Marketing. He was also recently selected as a New Jersey candidate for the U.S. Presidential Scholar program by our state legislature. Mason’s accomplishments span to the field, where he is a seven-time GMC All-Academic Award recipient, a four year varsity baseball player, and a three year varsity football player. After this past football season, he was named All-GMC and was selected to play in the Snapple Bowl this July. Mason has motivated himself to be a strong leader, exemplifying that as his Class Treasurer, captain of the baseball team, and is most appreciative of his three years as a mentor in the Heroes and Cool Kids Organization. He has devoted time to volunteer at the St. Peter’s Community Soup Kitchen, helped clean Union Beach after Hurricane Sandy, and worked concessions at Rutgers football games to benefit his local church. Mason White’s ability to excel on and off the field has certainly qualified him to be a GMC Scholar Athlete.
Amanda Labib has attended Timothy Christian School since the 6th grade. She was a member of the first TCS volleyball team to win a GMC tournament match and a member of the first TCS softball team to win a GMC tournament game. A starter for both sports since her junior year, she has been a steady example of consistency to her teammates. Amanda is ranked 2nd in her class with a 4.22 gpa. Amanda is a member of the National Honor Society, and has tutored math students at the Kumon Learning Center in her home town of Piscataway. Her community service includes feeding the homeless at the New York City Relief Bus and taking part in the Dominican Republic Missions trip for her senior class. Amanda will attend Rutgers University in the fall on a Scarlett Half Scholarship for academic achievements. She will major in Biology – Pre Med.
Won-Joon Kim is the first student of the Timothy International Program (TIP) to be recognized as a GMC Scholar Athlete. Won Joon arrived at Timothy Christian School in the fall of 2010 and immediately joined the soccer program. In 4 years as a varsity soccer player, Won Joon participated on two divisional champions and was named ‘all-division’ soccer player in his senior year. Academically, Won Joon is ranked 3rd in his class and carries a 4.2 GPA. He has served the community of Timothy Christian School as a junior coach in the elementary-aged Junior Tigers soccer program. Won Joon has also served his Korean church by tutoring elementary-aged American born Korean students in the Korean language. He also sings as a member of the Timothy Christian School Choral Group. Won Joon plans to attend Boston College or Indiana University in the fall and major in business.
An outstanding student who has been named to the Honor Roll with Distinction for most of her W-H career, Neema has been an offensive threat for the Rams’ soccer team since her freshman year. Her speed and ball skills have earned he all-Division honors in 9th, 10th, and 12th grade. As she culminated her career this fall, she was further recognized with all-Prep, all-GMC and all-Area honors. Her service to her community takes several forms, among them her leadership over 4 years in the Empowering Women Club, and her commitment as a Peer Leader to counsel and supervise our freshman class through their year-long transition to the high school. Neema will bring her academic and soccer talent to New Jersey Institute of Technology, where she plans to major in Bio-medical Engineering
Julian has excelled in the classroom and on the playing fields, while giving back to the larger community. He serves at home as a captain, admission ambassador, film festival liaison, and Peer Leader, where he took responsibility for mentoring our freshman students. On another continent, he reached out to a village in Peru during two summer service trips, during which he and his schoolmates helped to restructure and paint the local community school, while also constructing learning materials for their classrooms. Maintaining an A average throughout high school, he played a key role in the Rams’ Blue Division soccer championship. Post-season he earned Coaches Association all-State honors, on top of the all-Division and all-Prep honors he had won earlier. As the weather turned colder, Julian was chosen to the all-White Division Swim team, for his contributions in that sport. Julian will attend Bucknell University.
Nicole AltmanNicole Altman is the definition of a well-rounded student-athlete. Nicole is the consummate team player and leader on and off the court. An integral part of the team, her hard work, dedication and leadership made everyone around her that much better. Nicole was the captain of the White Division Champion Girls Volleyball Team this past season that set a school record for most wins, 23, in a season. Her coach Jayson Calhoun said of her, “Nicole has been instrumental on defense for the past 2 years as both a team captain and libero for every one of the teams 38 victories over that time period. Her work ethic and appreciation of the game have made her one of my favorite student-athletes I’ve ever coached.” Nicole is a member of the National and Spanish Honor Societies, the Heroes & Cool Kids, The Athletic Leadership Council, Freshman Mentors and is a Senior Class Officer. Nicole is ranked in the top 15% of her class. She has volunteered with the NJ Senior Olympics, The YMCA, St. James Church and Woodbridge Township’s Multi-Cultural Festival. Nicole has been accepted to Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Nursing Program. She looks forward to a career as a Pediatric Nurse.
Joseph Marty enjoyed an excellent wrestling career at Woodbridge High School. Joseph captured two 2nd Place finishes at the District 19 Championships, was a 2-time GMC Tournament place-winner as well as a 2-time Region qualifier. His Coach Mike Carbone said of him, “Joey’s perseverance throughout his 4 years at Woodbridge High School led to him being named captain for the Woodbridge Wrestling team his senior year. Joey led the lower weights in wins, pins, and total team points in what ended up being a record setting year as Woodbridge’s wrestling team collected a school record 20 wins. Joey’s commitment, responsibility, and dedication to not only wrestling but the classroom have led him to be one of the best overall student-athletes that I have coached in my career.” In addition to Wrestling, he has been on the Honor Roll every marking period, is a member of the Sports Leadership Council and Heroes & Cool Kids. Joseph has volunteered at the Autism Awareness Walk as well as other Woodbridge Township events. Joseph plans on attending Rutgers University in the fall where he will study History.
Academy for Allied Health and Biomedical Sciences
Tiffany Ho is the Captain of the Girls’ Varsity Softball team as well as the Middlesex County Academy for Allied Health and Biomedical Science’s Class of 2015 Valedictorian. Moreover, Tiffany has played all four years as the starting catcher. She was GMC Gold Division Star 2014 and Athlete of the week 2014. Tiffany is a star in her community service and academics as well. She is a National Honor Society member and a National Spanish Honor Society member. She is a key member and tutor of the Senior/Freshman mentoring program. Moreover, Tiffany is a volunteer for the Woodbridge EMS squad, stress-free medical transport. She has raised funds for Unicef and for Health Occupations Student Association. In preparation for her future career as a physician, she has participated in the doctor shadowing program at Robert Wood Johnson Hospital. In addition, she is a volunteer for Woodbridge Township’s Youth Leadership Program. In the fall, Tiffany will attend Virginia Common Wealth University’s 8 year medical program where she received a 50 percent tuition grant for the complete program.
Varun Uchil is being nominated for the Greater Middlesex Conference Scholar Athlete award for a variety of reasons. Varun has played soccer for his four years at the Middlesex County Academy for Allied Health and Biomedical Sciences. He has his most dominating season at forward in the Gold division this year. Varun used his breakaway speed and high work rate to score 20 goals and 1 assist. Varun is a great leader on the field and is always finding ways to make himself and his team better. Moreover, Varun has a GPA of 3.65 which at the Academy of Allied Health is a tremendous feat. To date we have only had one student obtain a 4.0 so Varun’s academic achievement is quite astonishing. Varun has matured as a player and as a student in the past four years. We expect great things from him as he prepares himself for future successes at his college.