At the Montville Township Board of Education (BOE) meeting on Tuesday, November 19, 2019, the Montville Township High School (MTHS) Assistant Principal, Kenneth Nadzak, introduced the 2019-2020 ShopRite STARS for the first quarter marking period to the members of the BOE and community at large. The five seniors are extraordinary individuals whose dedication and passion have had a positive and lasting impact on the MTHS community.
“I am happy to be here to present our ShopRite STARS,” Nadzak said. “These STARS were nominated by our faculty members in one of five different categories, and the winners were selected by an administrative committee. In addition to the recognition of these wonderful students, ShopRite of Parsippany generously donates $1,000 toward Project Graduation for the Class of 2020.”
Senior, Claudia Colatrella was awarded recognition in the field of Academics.
“Claudia was nominated for this award in part because of her 4+ GPA, experience in Honors and AP level classes, and genuine love of learning,” Nadzak said. “However, Claudia could have been nominated for an award in athletics because of her talents and ability on the cross country team. Claudia could have been nominated for an award in the arts because she is taking an Independent Study in Songwriting, and also serves as the Co-President of School of Rock and MUSE. Claudia could have been nominated in Community Service because of the work she does at her Church, The Chapel in Lincoln Park, including two mission trips to Florida and California, or in the field of Leadership because she oversees Sunday Services, and recently earned an internship at the parish. In short, Claudia excels at anything she puts her kind heart into, and her impact on our building goes far beyond the classroom. Claudia is still applying to several schools, but plans to major in Psychology and Music.”
In the field of Athletics, decorated athlete Michael Burke was recognized.
“As you probably know,” Nadzak noted as he spoke with the members of the Montville Board of Education, “Michael is 3-sport athlete; lacrosse, basketball, and the star quarterback of the Mustangs Varsity Football Team. This year, Michael threw for over 1500 yards and 11 touchdowns, and rushed for over 800 yards with an additional 12 touchdowns. Michael attributes his success to being, as he put it, ‘hard working.’ Michael also works hard in the classroom, and has a 3+ GPA. But staff in the building would attribute Michael’s success to his maturity and leadership. For example, just this past week, (Assistant Principal) Mr. David Gelber and I had to meet with a student who made a poor decision. Mr. Gelber and I started the conversation by asking the student to identify a peer who they looked up to and respected. Without hesitation, the student named Mike Burke. The student agreed that, from this point forward, they would conduct themselves in our school the way that Mike has for over 3 years, and live up to the standard Mike has set. I think this anecdote speaks volumes for Michael’s true character. Michael has committed to play football at Sacred Heart, a Division 1 School, and plans to pursue a major in Physical Therapy.”
Angelina Hahl was honored for her work in the Arts.
“I remember meeting Angelina for the first time during her freshman year,” Nadzak explained. “I vividly remember this, because during lunch every day, Angelina would go out of her way to say ‘hi’ to every student and staff member she saw. Literally, every person. Her kindness was refreshing, and I can confidently say that MTHS is a more positive school because of Angelina. Since our first meeting, Angelina has gone on to be a part of the Drama Club during her freshman year, and participated on the Cheer Team for the past 3 years. During this time, Angelina has discovered a love, passion, and talent for cooking and baking, and even worked with a teacher this year to design an Independent Study called Pastry around the World. Angelina is also currently a part time college student, taking hospitality and management classes at County College of Morris. Angelina intends to enroll in a distinguished Culinary School, and major in Culinary Arts, as well as Baking and Pastry Arts.”
Matthew Krase was selected for his dedication and outstanding contribution to Community Service.
“Matt Krase has been a proud member of Boy Scouts for the past 12 years, and recently achieved the distinction of Eagle Scout,” Nadzak noted. “Matt also serves on the Youth Executive Council at St. Pius, is Co-President of the MTHS Drama Club, and has also been inducted into National Honor Society, Italian Honor Society, and Tri-M. In addition, Matt has been a member of the Varsity Swim Team for each of his 4 years at MTHS, and is currently taking 3 AP classes. There are undoubtedly students who volunteer their time for the recognition and accolades; this is not Matt. Matt is selfless, humble, and giving. Just as Matt has given his time to support organizations outside of our building, he has spent a lot of time getting involved in basically every facet of life at MTHS. Matt is still applying to schools, but plans to pursue a major in Political Science.”
Nadzak announced that the first quarter ShopRite Stars recognition for Leadership was awarded to C. J. Arena, one of two MTHS Representatives that serves as a liaison to the Montville Township BOE.
“C. J. has been in Student Government for 4 years, a member of FBLA and DECA, an inductee into NHS, and an athlete on our baseball and basketball teams. C. J. also volunteers his time at First Presbyterian Church, and is a Life Guard in the summer. This last fact is particularly apropos, because of what C. J.’s leadership means to our building. Recently, members of the MTHS Administrative Team were talking about how outstanding C. J. was as a leader. We have called on him countless times; from planning the most successful Pep Rally in recent memory to helping us address issues in the MTHS Fan Section, C. J. has been a steady, reliable leader. When we talked about C. J., we concluded that a main reason he is as respected by students and staff alike is because he always follows through, and always gives 100%. C. J. is still applying to several top colleges, but plans to pursue a major in Business Management Marketing.
Montville Township High School is one of seven schools in the Montville Township Public Schools district. Montville Township is a pre-K to grade 12 district of just over 3,600 students.
The ShopRite STARS program is sponsored by Parsippany ShopRite. MTHS has been involved with the program for over 15 years. The STARS Awards are designed to recognize the most consistently active and engaged students in a school population. Students are chosen each marking period throughout the school year. Seniors are most often nominated for outstanding performance in their field over time. Montville’s ShopRite STARS have their photos displayed on a plaque in the school and also at the Parsippany ShopRite. ShopRite donates $1,000 to the MTHS Project Graduation, the oldest drug and alcohol free graduation party in the state of New Jersey. Project Graduation is sponsored by the Montville Township Drug Awareness Council.
The five seniors have their photos posted at the Parsippany ShopRite and in the front office at MTHS. ?