counter Back to top
Edison Rotary Seniors of the Month [2017]

December 2017

  • Seamus Conlon

    Seamus Conlon makes us proud in the classroom, on the court, and in his community. He has earned admirable grades in a rigorous curriculum comprised of courses at the honors and AP levels. Regularly included on the High Honor Roll, it was no surprise that Seamus was selected for membership with the National Honor Society. He now looks forward to pursuing a degree in the field of finance and economics. He has been a member of our volleyball team since his freshman year, and was one of only three juniors selected to play for our varsity team last season. He also enjoys competing at the intramural level by playing recreational flag football, handball, and ultimate frisbee. Seamus continuously shows that he is a “team player” and leader in all aspects of his life. Seamus is respectful, patient, and hard-working. He is the type of student to push in others’ chairs or stay late to clean up a mess without ever being asked and without any expectation of recognition. He is a friend to all, especially to those who are in need of a little extra compassion. He is not only a good student, but a good man. Congratulations, Seamus, for being recognized as our December Student of the Month.

  • Jonathan Chan

    Boasting an astounding resume of academic, athletic, and extracurricular accomplishments, Jonathan Chan has shown that he will not let anything stand in the way of achieving his goals. He is earning stellar grades in a rigorous curriculum comprised of courses at the honors and AP levels.  He has consistently been included on the High Honor Roll and the Principal’s List, in addition to being selected for membership with the National Honor Society and Latin National Honor Society. He has rowed for our crew team since freshman year and is now a member of our varsity team. On the Robotics team since his freshman year, he was appointed to the role of Safety Officer in his junior year and is now one of the team captains. Jonathan has also found many ways to give back to those in need. Here at Saint Joe’s he took the initiative to start a soda tab collection to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House Charities. As a tutor officer with Total Tutoring, Jonathan volunteers his time to tutor students in grades K-12. He is working to better his local community by working on his Eagle Scout project. Jonathan has been volunteering at Broken Loaves, a food pantry that feeds 100 families a week since sophomore year, stocking shelves, unloading pallets and taking out the recycles and garbage He has even volunteered his time to babysit for local families. Even as he is successfully balancing many academic, athletic, and service commitments, Jonathan remains humble and appreciative of his many blessings. Congratulations, Jonathan, for being recognized as our December Student of the Month.

November 2017

  • Brendan McGarr

    Brendan McGarr is an excellent student who has taken very challenging classes at Saint Joes.  He is a member of the National Honor Society, Science National Honor Society, and Latin National Honor Society and has won Forensic Science and Latin Awards.  His extracurricular and volunteer activities are numerous.  The highlights include  Science League, Physics Club, Medical Careers Club, Students Against Distracted Driving, After School Tutoring, Latin Club, Fishing Club, Elijah’s promise (food pantry), Buddy Ball for children with disabilities, Youth Group food drives, Toys for Tots, and St. Baldrick’s Cancer Charity., and the pursuit of Eagle Scout rank.  Brendan is an intelligent and exceptionally well-rounded young man  who makes doing all these things look easy.  It is a pleasure to recognize Brenda McGarr as Student of the Month.

  • Morgan Murphy

    Morgan Murphy is being recognized as Student of the Month for November .  He is an excellent student who has been inducted into the National, German, Science, and History National Honor Societies.  He is involved in numerous activities including Captain of the Varsity History Bowl, Varsity Co-Captain of College Bowl,Chess Team and Club, Model UN, and German Club.  In the community, Morgan is an Eagle Scout  who organized and coordinated 25-30 kids and adults for a total of 210 work hours over four weekends, soliciting businesses for monetary and food donations, as part of an ambitious project to fix up a local park near his home and is on the Board of Directors of a nonprofit tutoring company.  He also volunteers at a nursing home, and also at his church. Morgan’s demonstrates intelligence, leadership, independence, and compassion and it is a pleasure to recognize him  as Student of the Month.

October 2017

  • Henry Schaeffer

    It is our pleasure to honor Henry Schaeffer as the Rotary Club Student of the Month of October!  Henry holds a most impressive 4.810 cumulative GPA and has made the President’s List every marking period since freshman year.  Henry is a member of the National Honor Society, as well as the German, History and Science, and Technological National Honor Societies.  Henry has a love of science and history, and is looking forward to majoring in engineering in college.

     

    Henry is involved in a multitude of extracurricular activities.  Henry was named captain of the Varsity College Bowl for both junior and senior year. In Henry’s spare time, he enjoys being a part of many clubs on campus, including Astronomy Club, German Club, Cultural Club and Debate Club, and Robotics, just to name a few.  If that wasn’t enough, Henry is also a cadet for the Clinton First Aid and Rescue Squad since 2015, and has earned a handful of certifications through the EMT program.  Perhaps Henry’s biggest accomplishment to date was volunteering for GiGi’s Playhouse, as a literacy tutor, working with down’s Syndrome children.  Congratulations again to Henry Schaeffer for the well-deserved honor of Rotary Club’s Student of the Month!!

  • Stephen R. Walker III

    We recognize Stephen “Tre” Walker as October’s Rotary Club Student of the Month!  Tre holds a most impressive 4.619 cumulative GPA and has made the President’s list every marking period since freshman year.  Tre is a member of the National Honor Society, as well as the German, History, Science and Art National Honor Societies. Tre is also the recipient of the very prestigious Father Andre Coindre award here at Saint Joe’s.  This award is presented to a student who maintains a GPA of 3.5 or higher and participates in community service. Tre has a love of math and physics, and is looking forward to majoring in electrical and computer engineering.

     

    Tre is involved in a number of extracurricular activities. Although he has excelled academically, he has spent countless hours working on his athletic skills as well.  Tre is a terrific lacrosse player, and was already named captain for the upcoming season. In Tre’s spare time, he enjoys being a part of many clubs on campus, including personal finance club, Students Against Distracted Driving and Model U.N., each of which he held a leadership position. Tre is also a peer mentor, making himself available to all freshmen who may be having adjustment or scholastic problems.  Tre’s biggest accomplishment to date was earning the rank of Eagle Scout, where his project involved the collection of over 50 used bicycles, each of which Tre cleaned and repaired with the help of many volunteers before donating them to a special school for children with disabilities.  Also, during the summers, Tre has been a part of a full time internship with a financial firm near his hometown.  Congratulations again to Stephen “”Tre” Walker for earning the honor of Rotary Club’s Student of the Month of October!

September 2017

  • James Haddad

    James Haddad’s selection as Student of the Month comes from three years of working diligently both in academic pursuits, as well as in his personal development as an involved member of this community. James has been on the President’s Honor Roll each year, and is a member of the National Honor Society, the Rho Kappa National History Honor Society, and the Art National Honor Society. He has attended summer Business programs at Fordham University and Stevens Institute of Technology, and has received Dual Enrollment credits through Seton Hall University and Middlesex County College. Athletically, he has participated on our Baseball and Lacrosse teams, and recreationally on Flag Football and Ultimate Frisbee. James has been very actively involved in Students Against Distracted Driving, Personal Finance Club and the Campus Ministry Food Drives and Clothing Drives. Most recently, he co-founded the Saint Joseph Fishing Club. Congratulations, James! 

  • Reece Lenaz

    Reece Lenaz has exhibited Senior of the Month characteristics all of his high school years. His greatest strength is his mind set: he is someone who gets it all done! Not only does Reece excel in classes, he has been a varsity (and club) swimmer, has worked part time, been a Special Olympics coach, is the President of Students Against Distracted Driving (SADD), and will be receiving his eagle Scout rank in the very near future. Reece has plans to study Biology and attend Veterinarian School one day! Congratulations, Reece! 

August 2017

  • Amritpal Jagra

    Amritpal Jagra’s honorable distinction in the classroom and in the community makes him a deserving candidate for the Senior of the Month. He consistently shows punctuality and performs every task to the best of his ability. Since freshman year, Amritpal has taken all honors/ AP courses, and has consistently made the Principal’s List. He has earned recognition for his academic performance by being inducted as a member of the National Honor Society, Science National Honor Society, and Social Studies National Honor Society. Even while pursuing a rigorous academic coursework, Amritpal has found time to volunteer in his community by volunteering in two hospitals, a nursing home, and his town’s EMS/ First Aid Squad. Amritpal has various leadership positions, such as Science NHS President, Medical Club Vice President, and American Red Cross Club Founder. In addition, he has participated in RWJ Safety Ambassador program, Peer Mentorship, and Model UN/ YAG conferences. Amritpal also has played two years in the Varsity Tennis team. Amritpal has demonstrated that not only is he a respectful young gentleman with a pleasing personality, but he has also shown intellectual prowess and dedication to pursue his career in professional medicine. Amritpal will be majoring in biology as a premedical student in a direct 7 year medical program in college.

May 2017

  • Sean Van Demark

    Congratulations to Sean Van Demark for receiving the recognition of Rotary Club Senior of the Month!  Sean excels at several extracurricular activities. He has been a member of the varsity bowling team for the past three seasons, Sean has also been a member of the chess team for the last three seasons, and is actively involved in the French club and video game club.  Perhaps Sean’s biggest accomplishment is his volunteerism.  Sean has been volunteering for the past two summers with Justiceworx, which helps out the needy in Trenton. He has also raised over $1,500 for the Saint Baldrick’s Foundation. Sean is looking forward to beginning his college career at Rowan University in the fall.  Well done, Sean Van Demark, for earning the honor of the Rotary Club’s Senior of the Month!

  • Samuel Battaglia

    Academically, Sam is earning stellar grades in many of the most rigorous courses that Saint Joe’s has to offer. In addition to his membership in the National Honor Society and his continued inclusion on the Principal’s List, Sam has been the recipient of numerous academic accolades in a variety of subject areas. He was recognized as a top student in Accelerated Precalculus, Accelerated English III, and Music. Moreover, he has been inducted as a member of the Science National Honor Society and was elected president of the Spanish National Honor Society. Being most passionate about math and physics, Sam looks forward to studying engineering at Northwestern University in the fall. Playing on our volleyball team in each of his years here at Saint Joe’s, he is playing at the varsity level this spring. Sam has additionally garnered leadership roles in his school extracurricular clubs, such as representing us at the varsity level for the Math League, earning one of the top scores on the Physics I test for the Science League, being awarded the title of Premier Delegation with his Model UN team, and being elected to the office of president for the Spanish Club. Sam’s leadership qualities are also evident in the volunteer work that he provides to his community. Already Sam serves as Assistant to the Director of his church’s CCD program. He is particularly devoted to programs that enrich the lives of children in need, such as teaching physically and/or developmentally delayed kids to play baseball and soccer and participating in annual 5Ks to raise money for local families in need and the Juvenile Arthritis Foundation. It is for these many reasons that Sam was selected as our Student of the Month. Congratulations, Sam!

  • John C. Fresco

    John Fresco one of our June Edison Rotary Seniors of the Month. John has maintained an accumulative GPA of over 4.0 over his 4 years and has been on the high honor roll every year. He has been able to accomplish such impressive marks while challenging himself with a rigorous course load consisting of Honors classes and a total of 5 AP classes.  John is a member of both the National Honor Society and the Spanish National Honor Society where he serves as the Secretary. He is holds leadership positions in the school’s Spanish Club and Students Against Distracted Driving. John plays Varsity baseball and has co-captained his Flag Football and Dodgeball teams. More notably, he has also been awarded the Middlesex County Guidance Council’s Caring Award for his implementation of a Sock-Drive on campus to benefit the St. Vincent DePaul Society Food Pantry in Perth Amboy, New Jersey.  John will be attending Wake Forest University in the fall where he intends on majoring in International Business or Investing with a minor in Spanish.  Congratulations John on your well-deserved accomplishment!

  • Joseph Meier

    Joseph Meier is a senior at Saint Joseph High School and a wonderful example of a Saint Joes
    man. He is a caring, kind, and responsible person who we have been fortunate to have as a
    student. He has been helping out and volunteering most of his life. He has been an active
    member of the Boy Scouts since he was in fifth grade and has recently received the designation
    of Eagle Scout. He is an altar server at his church and volunteers at numerous Bible Camps
    providing fun lessons for the children. He is a mature young man who enjoys putting a smile on
    someone’s face and he lives his life with maturity and kindness to others. Joe plans to attend
    Raritan Valley Community College in the fall and plans to study Interior Design and
    Cosmetology. We wish him well in his future and he will be missed at Saint Joes.

April 2017

  • Dillon Snee

    It is a pleasure to introduce Dillon Snee as the recipient of the Rotary Club Senior of the Month! Dillon holds an impressive 4.041 cumulative GPA and has made the honor roll/high honor roll nine times in his high school career.  He is also a member of the National Honor Society.  Dillon is planning on majoring in business/finance in college.  He excels at several extracurricular activities, including the lacrosse and ice hockey teams, and is also a member of the math league and the debate club.  He is also a tutor for our underclassmen and spends his time after school helping our students with their studies.  Perhaps Dillon’s biggest accomplishment is his volunteerism.  Dillon volunteered his time in Clinton, NJ for the Playground Painting Project, restoring and painting playgrounds in the town.  Congratulations to Dillon Snee on your well-deserved accomplishment of Rotary Club Senior of the Month!  

  • Amritpal Jagra

    Amritpal Jagra’s honorable distinction in the classroom and in the community makes him a deserving candidate for the Senior of the Month. He consistently shows punctuality and performs every task to the best of his ability. Since freshman year, Amritpal has taken all honors/ AP courses, and has consistently made the Principal’s List. He has earned recognition for his academic performance by being inducted as a member of the National Honor Society, Science National Honor Society, and Social Studies National Honor Society. Even while pursuing a rigorous academic coursework, Amritpal has found time to volunteer in his community by volunteering in two hospitals, a nursing home, and his town’s EMS/ First Aid Squad. Amritpal has various leadership positions, such as Science NHS President, Medical Club Vice President, and American Red Cross Club Founder. In addition, he has participated in RWJ Safety Ambassador program, Peer Mentorship, and Model UN/ YAG conferences. Amritpal also has played two years in the Varsity Tennis team. Amritpal has demonstrated that not only is he a respectful young gentleman with a pleasing personality, but he has also shown intellectual prowess and dedication to pursue his career in professional medicine. Amritpal will be majoring in biology as a premedical student in a direct 7 year medical program in college.

March 2017

  • Daniel DellaVentura

    Daniel DellaVentura is a young man who has dedicated himself to personal enrichment and the support of those less fortunate. Academically, Daniel is excelling in some of the most rigorous courses that Saint Joe’s has to offer. His grades have earned him membership in the National Honor Society and continual recognition as a High Honor Roll student. His creative talents have also been recognized, as one of his drawings was published in The Vignette, Saint Joe’s award-winning literary magazine. He was furthermore awarded a 3rd place prize in the Robert Frost Writing Contest during his junior year. Beyond the classroom, Daniel is actively involved in many community service-based programs. Most significant is his commitment to Campus Ministry at Saint Joe’s. In his role as a student leader, Daniel is responsible for the organization and implementation of many school-wide fundraisers and social awareness programs such as Cardboard City to raise awareness about homelessness, Christmas on Campus to provide less-fortunate children with an exciting Christmas experience, and grade level retreats to enhance class-wide unity and spirituality. Daniel was one of two students selected from Saint Joe’s for receipt of the Saint Timothy award which seeks to recognize, from the Diocesan level, outstanding teens who exemplify Christian service, Catholic leadership and good moral standards. Additionally, Daniel has spent his summers attending mission trips through the Justiceworx program. On his trip to Trenton, Daniel spent a week in an urban community providing academic and social support to at-risk adolescents and teens. Moreover, Daniel donates a week of his summer each year to teach and supervise children at his church’s Vacation Bible School Program. His devotion to the development of children is also evident in his involvement with the Buddy Ball program, in which he helps to teach and play sports with students who are physically and/or developmentally disabled. Most impressive is Daniel’s positive attitude toward helping those in need. He feels that it is his responsibility to better the lives of others and often comments about how doing so provides him with so much satisfaction.

  • William Kacani

    William (Will) Kacani is an outstanding representative of the Edison Rotary Senior of the Month award. Will has made outstanding contributions in our classrooms, he holds a personal interest in pursuing diverse activities, and the vigor with which he has persevered throughout his high school career is second to none. Will is a student who views life through various lenses with a zest for adventures. He enjoys art and photography, using his carpentry skills, hiking, cliff jumping, surfing, snowboarding, and rowing crew. He has professional internship experience with the Busch Law Group. Additionally, he has volunteered his time to organizations which he holds near and dear to his heart: JusticeWorx, St. Francis Cathedral parish, and the Fuccile Foundation. Will has four years of Spanish, four years of accelerated Math, four of accelerated Science, and AP courses in History and English. We are thrilled and privileged to have Will walk the halls of our school! Congratulations Will!

February 2017

  • Kevin Campbell

    Kevin Campbell appreciates that true success can only result from hard work and discipline, so he refuses to ever take the easy way out. Eager to extend his learning outside the classroom, Kevin has volunteered at Raritan Physical Therapy since his freshman year. Tasked with cleaning office equipment, refilling supplies, and assisting the trainers, Kevin has been eager to learn every facet of physical therapy. Beyond the classroom, Kevin has been an active athlete. He has been most dedicated to our Track and Field team as a thrower in each of his high school years on both the winter and spring teams. Now serving as the team captain, Kevin is taking his role as a leader very seriously. He not only seeks to make his team the best they can be athletically; he wants them to represent themselves in the most respectable way possible. He says of his role as a teammate, “I have learned to always act as if who you are representing is watching you. Hold yourself to the highest standard.” Kevin has furthermore found the time to give back to his community. He has volunteered for a number of fundraising events held at his former grammar school and at a local school for students with disabilities. He has also shown support to his local fire department by helping with various collections for the needy and charity fundraisers. In the future, Kevin is considering further helping his community as a volunteer firefighter and serving his country as a Marine. These are some of the many reasons why Kevin Campbell has been selected as our Senior of the Month. Congratulations, Kevin!

  • Zachary Szabo

    Congratulations to Zachary Szabo for earning the Rotary Club Student of the Month honors for the month of February! Zachary holds an impressive 4.036 cumulative GPA and has made the honor roll/ high honor roll every marking period since freshman year. When Zachary is out of the classroom setting, he excels at several extracurricular activities. He has been a member of the yearbook photography and editorial staff since 11th grade, and has also been the drama club stage manager for the past two years. Zachary is active in his parish has been a church choir member and altar server for the past four years. Zachary is a boy scout and has earned his Eagle Scout badge by accomplishing various projects throughout the community, including installing a scoreboard for the local little league, and building bird houses for the local park. Zachary has also earned his first aid, CPR, AED and lifesaving certificate. Zachary Szabo is a tremendous role model for all Saint Joseph students, and we are thrilled to recognize him as the Rotary Club Student of the Month!

January 2017

  • Mitchel Epstein

    We are very pleased to nominate Mitchel Epstein for the Rotary Student of the Month. Mitchel is dedicated to school and community involvement, responsible in his approach to his studies and his commitments, and determined to excel in all areas of his life. Mitchel has completed our most rigorous curriculum; not only do math concepts come easily to him, but he truly enjoys the process of figuring out mathematical problems. He holds many honors and awards for his academic performance and his leadership style. Mitchel is a captain of our Varsity Football team, member of the National Honor Society, the Spanish Honor Society, Varsity Math League and Science League, a Peer Mentor and a member of Campus Ministry, and has been a participant with the French Student Exchange program. In his community he has remodeled the Metuchen Senior Center, volunteered with St. Francis Cathedral parish, the Fuce 5k, and Edison Recreation Buddy Ball, and he holds a part-time job. It is truly an honor to know this young man!

  • David Marques

    It is a pleasure to recommend David Marques for Rotary Student of the Month. He is an excellent student and tremendous actor. He is a member of the National Thespian Honor Society currently serving as President and received Varsity Letters from the Theater Company in grades 10, 11, and 12. David does not let theater or academics prevent him from doing charitable events. He currently serves as Vice President of the Students Against Distracted Driving organization, is a Safety Ambassador, Soccer team (received letters grades 10 and 11 and Captain junior year), Film Club and organizes an Easter Egg Hunt for kids in the community. He goes to Lakeview Nursing Home and sings for the people. He is in the Community Choir at his parish and volunteers to help homeless people. He is a most motivated and well-rounded individual. He found his passion in high school, acting, and wishes to continue his studies in Theater and Theater Education in college. He is an intelligent young man with a lot of talent and ambition and an excellent recipient for the Student of the Month.