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Schools ShopRite STARS for 2nd Semester Honored by Montville Township BOE

2nd quarter ShopRite STARS 2018-2019

The 2018-2019 second quarter marking period Montville Township High School ShopRite STARS! Seniors Emily Kozell (Leadership), Carly Benson (Community Service), Kaleigh Culmone (Arts), Devin Tremblay (Academics) & Anna George (Athletics) were honored by Montville Board of Education on Tuesday, January 22, 2019! ShopRite STARS is sponsored Parsippany ShopRite. The program sponsors honors excellence in each field. The Parsippany store donates $1,000 to 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.

5 MTHS Students Receive Recognition for Excellence in Academics, Athletics, Arts, Community Service and Leadership. Faculty nominates STARS.

At the Montville Township Board of Education (BOE) meeting on Tuesday, January 22, 2019, the Montville Township High School (MTHS) Assistant Principal, Kenneth Nadzak, introduced the 2018-2019 ShopRite STARS for the second 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 Devin Tremblay was selected in the field of Academics.

“Devin is deserving of this award because of her incredible work ethic, and desire to seek out new challenges,” Nadzak said. 

Tremblay is a passionate student of language arts. In addition to three years in Honors level English classes, she is a member of the MTHS school newspaper, The Podium, and is currently in the process of writing a book. In addition Tremblay is a three-sport athlete and a four-year member of the Drama Club Stage Crew.  Outside of the classroom, she works at MEDLC, the before and after school program for Montville Township Public Schools. She is also a proud big sister of two younger brothers. Tremblay plans to pursue a major in English and Literature, and is hopes to pursue a career in publishing or editing. 

Anna George was selected in the field of Athletics.

“Anna is one of the most accomplished athletes I have had the pleasure of introducing to you,” Nadzak told the BOE.

A 6-time qualifier for the New Jersey Meet of Champions in both cross country and track and field, George earned All-State recognition, and was the North I Group III State Sectional Champion in cross country during her freshman year. So far, as a senior, George came in 3rd in Morris County, and 2nd in the North I Group III State Sectional Championship in cross country.  The Mustang holds MTHS records in the 1600m, 800m, and 4x400m runs. A member of the Italian Honor Society and National Honor Society, George has committed to run Division I cross country and track and field at the University of Richmond. She plans to major in Physical Therapy.

Kaleigh Culmone was named ShopRite STAR in the field of the Arts.

“Each of the staff members I spoke with about Kaleigh had the same things to say about her character,” Nadzak noted. “They described Kaleigh as ‘hard working,’ ‘dedicated,’ and ‘able to persevere in the face of any challenge.’ Those who know Kaleigh best also described her as ‘artistically talented.’” 

Culmone won an award at the MTHS MUDD juried ceramics exhibit and received a Silver recognition in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. The senior also was awarded the Outstanding Award at the New Jersey State Fair and her work has been accepted to the juried Blackwell Street Artists’ Student Exhibition. 

“This year, Kaleigh took an Independent Study in Ceramics, and immediately used her extensive knowledge and passion to become a mentor to beginning students,” Nadzak added. 

Carly Benson was awarded the ShopRite STARS Community Service award.

“In the past four years, Carly has volunteered countless hours to give back to our local community,” Nadzak explained. “Carly has accomplished this through her work in 9th and 10th grade with the Make-A-Wish organization, as well as through her work in Pathways.  At Pathways, Carly has been a member of Project Win-Win and the Rock Band, where she has volunteered at least 2-3 days per week for the past four years.  Despite Carly’s community service, participation in the Drama Club, and work at a local law firm, she was still able to maintain a 4+ GPA during her time at MTHS.” 

Benson plans to major in Communication Disorders and Sciences, with a minor in Theater. 

In the field of Leadership, Emily Kozell was chosen as the 2nd quarter ShopRite STAR. 

“Kozell has been preparing to be a leader since kindergarten,” Nadzak said, “when she first joined the Girl Scouts.”

Kozell’s nomination characterized the senior as being someone who “represents some of the best that MTHS has to offer.  She has the respect of the faculty, staff, and student body.” 

For MTHS Kozell served a leadership role in her work as a liaison for the Montville Township Public Library. She is also and the Co-President of Gay Straight Alliance (GSA). 

Nadzak said, “Emily is most proud of her work in the GSA, as well as her work in her current Independent Study class, where she is publishing her own novel.” 

Kozell plans to attend Franklin and Marshall after graduating in June, and will major in English with a minor in Creative Writing. 

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 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.