First Quarter ShopRite STARS Honored by Montville Township Board of Education
The 2018-2019 first quarter marking period Montville Township High School ShopRite STARS! Colin Noone (Leadership), Matty Enriquez (Arts), Hendrik Mayer (Athletics), Alex Purn (Academics) & Max Kamper (Community Service). Parsippany ShopRite sponsors the program which honors excellence. The store 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.
Five MTHS Students Received Recognition for Excellence in Academics, Athletics, Arts, Community Service and Leadership
At the Montville Township Board of Education (BOE) meeting on Tuesday, November 13, 2018, the Montville Township High School (MTHS) Assistant Principal, Kenneth Nadzak, introduced the 2018-2019 ShopRite STARS for the first quarter marking period to the members of the BOE and community at large.
“These STARS were nominated by our faculty members in one of five different categories,” Nadzak explained. “The winners were selected by an administrative committee. In addition to the recognition of these wonderful students, ShopRite generously donates $1,000 toward Project Graduation for the Class of 2019.”
Senior Alex Purn was selected in the field of Academics. Nadzak noted that Purn is consistently described as an “outstanding student” who is “extremely hard working.” Purn not only maintains a high GPA, but he does so while dedicating much of his free time to various academic clubs and career pursuits.
“Alex is the Vice President of the Model UN, founding member of the UNICEF Club, has qualified to the State Competition during each of his three years in DECA, and came in 17th Place -- out of 600 -- at the National Speech and Debate Association’s National Competition,” Nadzak said. “Outside of school, Alex has a paid internship at a law firm and runs a clothing resale business, which he has operated since 7th grade.”
Currently Purn is applying to law school and plans to major in economics and philosophy.
In the field of Athletics, senior Hendrick Mayer was chosen to represent MTHS as a ShopRite STAR for the first quarter of the 2018-2019 academic year. An outstanding athlete, Mayer also has a 4.7 GPA.
“The soccer team can attribute some of its success this year -- reaching the semifinals of state competition -- to Hendrick’s leadership and play,” Nadzak told the BOE. “For the past four years, Hendrick has been a member of the varsity soccer team. Over the past 2 years, he has led the team in scoring and has 29 career goals, including 14 this season.”
Mayer, the Captain of the varsity team this year, was just named to the First Team, All-County and First Team, All-Conference clubs. The athlete also plays club soccer at TSF Academy, where his team reached the semifinals of the national Dallas Cup tournament last year.
“Academically, Hendrick is just as talented,” Nadzak continued. “For example, last summer, Hendrick was selected to participate in the New Jersey Governor’s School of the Sciences, which is a program for the top 60 science students in the state.”
Mayer hopes to play soccer at the Division 3 level while majoring in physics.
Matty Enriquez was selected in the field of the Arts.
“Over the past four years, Matty has been one of the driving forces behind School of Rock,” said Nadzak.
The MTHS School of Rock is an award winning band that teaches students to play, sing and perform as a rock band. The School of Rock and Enriquez were recently featured at the New Jersey School Boards Association convention in Atlantic City where the group and its members were selected to be featured in the Stevie Van Zandt Rock & Roll Forever Foundation’s Sonic Highways Hometown Documentaries Project about how music can tell the story of one’s hometown.
In addition to being the lead guitarist for School of Rock, Enriquez has actively volunteered his time to support Homeless Bus, Inc., Montville Educational Foundation, GirlUp, 11th Hour Rescue, Montville Township’s First Aid Squad, and local families in need.
“This past summer, Matty was among a small group of high school students to be selected to attend a 5 week program at the Berkley College of Music in Boston,” Nadzak added. “At the end of the program, Berkley allows students to audition for entry into their college. Matty auditioned, received early admission, and a generous scholarship to attend their College of Music.”
In the field of Community Service, senior Max Kamper was recognized.
“It is safe to say that, in his 4 years at MTHS, Max has consistently volunteered more than 20 hours per week to various local organizations,” Nadzak said.
“Max’s service includes his work as an alter server, usher, and teaching assistant at his church. He is also a mentor of Pathways for Exceptional Children and a Boy Scout.
Kamper achieved the honor of Eagle Scout at the age of 15, which is more than 2 years earlier than the national average.
“Max has also been an active member of our track team in grades 10, 11, and 12, and a passionate member of the baseball team for all four years,” Nadzak added.
Kamper plans to pursue a major and career in Athletic Training.
The fifth student honored on November 13 was senior Colin Noone in the field of Leadership.
Nadzak began his reflections of Noone by stating that “Colin is a natural leader, who is respected by students and staff alike. Examples of his responsible leadership, positivity, and outstanding character can be found in several places throughout our building, and the district as a whole. For example, in the past year alone, Colin advocated for the MTHS DECA club, was an essential student-leader on the School Climate Committee, and an active participant on the District of Character panel. Students admire Colin for his leadership, and staff rely on Colin for his presence and positivity. I can speak on behalf of the entire MTHS administrative team when I tell you that I can’t think of an MTHS event that Colin hasn’t attended. Many of the major events on campus were planned in part by Colin, through his participation in SAC.”
Noone plans to major in Public Health, with a focus on pharmaceutical science.
Montville Township High School is one of seven schools in the Montville Township Public Schools district. Montville Township id a pre-K to grade 12 district.
The ShopRite STARS program is sponsored by Parsippany ShopRite. MTHS has been involved with the program for over 14 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.