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Edison Rotary Seniors of the Month [2018]

December 2018

  • Ryan Stephen

    The Saint Joseph community would like to congratulate Ryan Stephen for the Rotary Club Student of the Month honors! Ryan holds a most impressive 4.536 cumulative GPA and has made the Presidents List/Principal’s List every marking period since freshman year. He has been inducted into the National Honor Society, as well as History, Social Studies and Science NHS. Ryan has a love of mathematics and wants to pursue a degree in computer science in college.

    Ryan is involved in many extracurricular activities both on and off the Saint Joe’s campus. He is involved in Model UN and Youth and Government, and has been the vice president of both groups. Ryan is the staff writer of our award-winning school newspaper, and is the co-founder of our new satirical magazine called the Talon. He is also a member of campus ministry and is one of our retreat leaders. Perhaps the biggest accomplishments of Ryan’s high school career have been through volunteering. He has accumulated over 200 volunteer hours alone just working at a soup kitchen in India. Ryan recently earned the rank of Eagle Scout. His project was the construction of his parish’s carport. Ryan has also volunteered with Justiceworx, an organization that builds homes for the less fortunate. If that wasn’t enough, Ryan is also one of our formation peer mentors. He enjoys making the incoming freshman feel like they are part of the brotherhood of Saint Joe’s as soon as they walk through the doors of our school. Once again, congrats to Ryan Stephen and earning the Rotary Club Student of the Month of December!

  • Joseph Valente

    Congratulations to Joseph Valente for earning the Rotary Club Student of the Month of December! Joe holds an impressive 3.774 cumulative GPA and has made the Principal’s List/High Honor Roll nine times throughout his high school career. He is also a member of the Science National Honor Society Joe has a love of science and is looking forward to studying biology and eventually medicine in college.

    Joe is involved in many extracurricular activities both on and off of the Saint Joe’s campus. He has been a member of the varsity winter and spring track teams for the past two seasons. Joe also enjoys helping others, and volunteers his time with Justiceworx, an organization that builds houses for the less fortunate. Also, for the past three summers, Joe has been involved in the Brothers of the Sacred Heart mission, participating in week-long service trips to various states across the country. If that wasn’t enough, Joe has accumulated countless hours of community service, giving back to the elderly, the poor and the Cancer Society. Once again, congrats to Joseph Valente on this well-deserved honor!

November 2018

  • Matthew Dekovics

    Matthew is a senior at Saint Joe’s. He has two younger brothers and currently resides in Milltown. He has excelled academically and is highly respected by his peers and teachers. Matthew plays for the school’s varsity golf team and has been playing golf for more than 10 years. His favorite subject is math and he is currently enjoying taking Calculus BC. Matthew is a peer mentor in school, and completes many service opportunities in and around his local communities. In college, he is interested in studying Landscape Architecture and would like to go to North or South Carolina to study and take advantage of the warm weather. As a career, he would like to be an architect of golf courses.

  • Aniket Agnihotri

    Aniket has made significant contributions to the Saint Joseph High School community. He currently serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the Falcon Newspaper, is a major contributor to the Vignette Literary magazine, is a member of the student council and is heavily involved in many other clubs and activities. Aniket enjoys helping others as a tutor, both in and out of school, specializing in the math and science areas. He is enjoying his very challenging senior year schedule and hopes to pursue a double major of computer science and chemical engineering in college. On a personal level, Aniket lives in South Plainfield with his family and younger brother who also attends Saint Joe’s. Aniket has a big passion for cars and enjoys spending his free time watching automotive and engineering videos online to increase his knowledge.

October 2018

  • Andrew McHale

    Andrew McHale is the Student of the Month for October. Andrew is an outstanding student who is an excellent role model for other students at Saint Joseph High School. He is a bright, compassionate, determined, and hardworking young man whose compassion is demonstrated daily. Besides all the clubs he is active with at school and in the community(High School Baseball and year long Travel Baseball, Latin Club, Students Against Distracted Driving, Photography Club), he has been an active volunteer for the Wounded Warriors Project, Justiceworx in Trenton (building houses for the disadvantaged), Merrill Park Baseball League volunteer and TASK(Trenton Areas Soup Kitchen). He has also held part-time jobs freshman through senior year. Andrew is to be commended for all that he does in school and in the community. He has certainly earned this honor. Congratulations Andrew!

  • Sean McMenamin

    Sean McMenamin is October’s Student of the Month. He is an excellent student who has taken numerous honors classes, made the Honor Roll and Principal’s List and National Honor Society. In addition to his scholastic achievements, Sean has been involved in several clubs and activities(Astronomy, Model UN, Workout and Training Club, American Legion, and Peer Mentor)and sports(Varsity Rowing, Flag Football, and Swimming) and is extremely generous of his free time volunteering at food banks, tutoring, and nursing home activities. He is also an Eagle Scout who earned his designation at the age of fifteen. Sean is to be congratulated for his successes both as a student, at school, and in the community. Congratulations to Sean McMenamin. He is well-deserving of this honor.

September 2018

  • Matthew Vergel

    Congratulations to Matthew Vergel for receiving the honor of September’s Rotary Club Student of the Month! Matt earned a most impressive 4.866 cumulative GPA and scored a perfect 800 on the math section of the SAT’s. Matt is a National Honor Society recipient this year, and is a member of the Spanish and Science Nation Honor Societies. Matt has been chosen for the HOBY leadership program and is a student council representative. Matt is looking forward to studying either pharmacy or nursing in college.
    Matt is involved in a plethora of volunteering activities both on and off the Saint Joe’s campus Matt is involved in serving his community by volunteering his time at the local nursing home. He is also an alter server for his parish. Perhaps Matt’s biggest accomplishment is winning the Bronze Presidential Service Award, in which he accumulated over 100 hours of community service. To date, Matt has helped his community members with over 200 hours of service. When Matt has free time, he enjoys helping out the underclassmen by being a formation tutor, and is an integral part of campus ministry. Once again, congrats to Matthew Vergel on becoming September’s Rotary Club Student of the Month!

  • Joseph Smieya

    Congratulations to Joseph Smieya on earning the September Rotary Club Student of the Month! Joe holds an impressive 4.523 grade point average and is a member of the National Honor Society. Joe has been volunteering for Justiceworx since freshman year, travelling to Dunlow, West Virginia and Trenton NJ to help the less fortunate. Joe has also been involved with Meals on Wheels for the last four years, and has also volunteered here on the Saint Joe’s campus giving his time to various events. In Joe’s spare time, he is a peer tutor, student ambassador, and is a member of many clubs and activities. Joe is a dedicated volunteer who enjoys offering his time and efforts to anyone who needs a hand. Congratulations again to Joseph Smieya for becoming September’s Rotary Club Student of the Month!

July 2018

  • Matthew Hall

    Matthew seeks to make connections with all of his peers and yearns to optimize his interactions with people. He has made his mark with the Saint Joseph’s community and serves as Student Council President, a Campus Minister, and a writer for the school newspaper. Matt is currently an ambassador for The Valerie Fund, an organization that provides support for the comprehensive health care of children with cancer and blood disorders. For six years, he helped poor communities in West Virginia by performing house repairs and hosting camps for local children. His deeply rooted passion for community service has led him to pursue degrees in both psychology and business and he will be attending the University of Notre Dame in the Fall.

June 2018

  • Christian Owens

    Christian has an excellent academic record and has challenged himself with many advanced placement and honors courses. He has earned many academic honors at our school. Among these are High Honor Roll, National Honor Society, History National Honor Society, and National Merit Commended Scholar. He is the founder and President of our school’s Political Discourse Club, attended the Washington Journalism and Media Conference, and is on the Board of Editors for the Vignette, our school’s literary magazine.
    Christian also generously gives his time to service. He volunteers at a non-profit organization called Project Write Now, which provides free writing workshops for people who require help with their writing skills. Additionally, he participated in JusticeworX, a program that helps build houses for disadvantaged people and is also an Eagle Scout.
    Christian plans to study Sports Management and will be attending Syracuse University in the fall. It is a pleasure to honor Christian as Student of the Month. Congratulations Christian!

  • Jason Manuel

    Jason Manuel is an excellent student who has taken the most challenging classes and is consistently on the President’s Honor Roll. Jason is a member of several Honor Societies: National, Science, History, and Latin, and is a Finalist in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program. He has won several academic awards including Algebra II National Champion Award, President’s Education Award, Robert Frost Writing Award, and the Greater Middlesex Conference Golf Champions Award.
    Jason has been actively involved in school and community activities. He is a golfer and has instructed children via the First Tee Program, a non-profit organization that teaches life and golf skills. He has volunteered many hours with our After School Academic Tutoring Program and has represented Saint Joes at the Brothers of the Sacred Heart Assembly in St. Louis. He is also Youth Group Secretary and has several performed charitable acts for his parish and beyond. He is also a member of the Church Choir for the past nine years and an altar server for seven. His hobbies include playing piano, golf, mathematics, concerts, and reading.
    Jason plans to attend Brown University in the fall pursuing a double major in Computer Science and Physics. He is an impressive, kind, and generous young man and is certainly worthy of this recognition as Student of the Month. Congratulations Jason!

May 2018

  • Kevin Lenahan

    Kevin Lenahan is involved with many clubs and activities at Saint Joseph High School, including Student Safety Ambassadors, Students Against Distracted Driving, and the Theatre Company. Kevin has committed to DeSales University in Center Valley, Pennsylvania. He intends to study Criminal Justice and apply for the five year Bachelor’s to Master’s degree program. Kevin hopes to become a police officer and then work for the FBI in the Behavioral Analysis Unit. Congratulations Kevin and best wishes.

  • Matthew Hall

    Matthew seeks to make connections with all of his peers and yearns to optimize his
    interactions with people. He has made his mark with the Saint Joseph’s
    community and serves as Student Council President, a Campus Minister, and a
    writer for the school newspaper. Matt is currently an ambassador for The
    Valerie Fund, an organization that provides support for the comprehensive
    health care of children with cancer and blood disorders.  For six years, he helped poor communities in West Virginia by performing house repairs and hosting camps for local children.
    His deeply rooted passion for community service has led him to pursue degrees
    in both psychology and business and he will be attending the University of
    Notre Dame in the Fall.

April 2018

  • Thomas Cuthbert

    Thomas Cuthbert is a well-rounded young man who excels in the classroom, in school activities, and in his community.

    Flourishing in a curriculum that includes courses at the college-prep, honors, and AP levels, Thomas has regularly earned inclusion on the Honor Roll and High Honor Roll in addition to being selected for membership with the Technological Honor Society.  

    Thomas puts his technical knowledge into practice by servicing our school’s technology as a member of the Computer Club. He has explored his technical interests outside the classroom by teaching himself how to remix music by using music production software.  Interested in the field of video game design, he has been a 4-year member and vice president of the Video Game Club. Thomas has a passion for broadcasting which he currently employs as a member of the Saint Joe’s Broadcasting Club. Thomas is also the editor of the Yearbook. He has won multiple trophies in chess and has earned his black belt in Tae Kwon Do.

    Thomas has been dedicated to serving those less fortunate. Eager to help in whatever areas are needed, he has cared for the elderly in a senior center, supervised children at his grammar school, provided landscaping maintenance at a cemetery, and collected and sorted thousands of pounds of food for food shelters with the Foodstock organization. As a participant in the Justiceworx program, he has traveled each summer throughout New Jersey and Appalachia to support impoverished communities.

    Outspoken, energetic, and compassionate, Thomas represents the ideals of Saint Joseph High School. Congratulations to Thomas for being selected as the Student of the Month!

  • Devin Busono

    Devin Busono is a top notch student as well as a compassionate and dedicated member of his community.


    Devin excels academically and has achieved the highest grades and awards in every class he has taken! Devin has a perfect ACT score, multiple perfect SAT subject test scores, and an assortment of stellar AP scores including multiple ‘5’s on self-studied AP tests. Currently, Devin is maintaining the school’s most rigorous schedule which includes 4 AP classes and two top-level honors classes.


    Not one to keep his academic talents to himself, Devin has been devoted to helping others through the peer tutoring he does at Saint Joe’s and the independent non-profit tutoring program he runs. Passionate about helping individuals with Down Syndrome, Devin volunteers as a literacy tutor at a local center and is a counselor at Camp PALS. Devin has hopes of pursuing a career in the medical field, so he has increased his knowledge by becoming a certified volunteer EMT. Moreover, he completed a volunteer medical mission trip to Mexicali.


    We are so proud of the way Devin is committed to putting his knowledge into action in order to make the world a better place. Congratulations to Devin for being selected as the Student of the Month!

March 2018

  • Ryan O'Malley

    Ryan is an excellent and highly motivated student.  He is a well-rounded student and participates in many clubs, activities, and varsity sports (Varsity Cross Country, Track, and Golf).  Ryan is an active member of JusticeworX, an organization that builds and feeds underprivileged people and he demonstrates leadership skills as a Peer Mentor, Student Council, and Model United Nation participant.   He is a wise young man who creates opportunities for different experiences.  For example, Ryan raises money for the Bonnie Brae organization, an organization that helps young boys who have been in juvenile detention centers or foster homes.  He is a compassionate, trustworthy, dependable, and loyal young man whose strong work ethic will undoubtedly propel him to success. It is with pleasure that Ryan O’Malley has been selected as Student of the Month.  Congratulations Ryan!

  • Conor Quigley

    Conor is an excellent student who is consistently on the Principal’s List and High Honor Roll.  He has served as Junior Class President and is a member of the National Honor Society, Vice President of Student Council, and is Vice President of the senior class.  Conor has earned many awards, both academic and creative and is a very hard-working, sincere, and thoughtful young gentleman.

       On the subject of caring, his list of volunteer activities is extensive and extraordinary.  Some examples include working at his church and school, raising money for cancer charities, and helping to build houses for disadvantaged people.

       A well-rounded person, Conor participates in various varsity sports including volleyball and bowling where he presently serves as captain.  He enjoys fishing and golfing and has interests in poetry and photography. 

       It is a pleasure to nominate Conor Quigley for March Student of the Month.  He is truly worthy of this recognition.  Congratulations Conor!

February 2018

  • Kshaunish Soni

    Rotary Club’s February Student of the Month is Kshaunish Soni!  Kshaunish currently holds an impressive 4.202 cumulative GPA.  He has made the President's List/Principal's List every marking period since the start of freshman year.  He has been inducted into the National Honor Society, as well as the Latin and Technology Honor Societies.  Kshaunish is looking forward to studying medicine in the future and aspires to become a doctor. 

    Outside of school and homework, Kshaunish is involved in many extracurricular activities.  He is a member of the Robotics Team and has held many leadership roles. Kshaunish is a member of the Science League and Math League, and has been a member of the Crew Team since 9th grade.  Kshaunish is also the founder and co-founder of two new clubs here on campus: The Latin Club and the Cricket Club.  If that wasn’t enough, Kshaunish also co-founded a non-profit tutoring company.  Kshaunish enjoys helping others and volunteers at the local food pantry every Friday.  He is also very proud of his digital food lab project he worked on last summer at MIT.  This food lab is designed to grow food anywhere throughout the world, feeding the world’s impoverished people. 

    Congratulations again to Kshaunish Soni on the well-deserved honor of Rotary’s Student of the Month!

  • Eric Schuhrer II

    Congratulations to Eric Schuhrer on earning February’s Rotary Club Student of the Month! 

    Eric holds an impressive 3.881 cumulative GPA and has made the high honor roll/honor roll every marking period since freshman year.  Eric was inducted into the National Honor Society this past September. Eric also co-founded the school’s first fishing club.  Eric has a love of science and is looking forward to pursuing a career in civil engineering at Rowan University.

     

    Eric is involved in many extracurricular activities.  Eric has been a 12-varsity letter winner in cross country, winter track and spring track, and has been chosen as the co-captain of each season.  Eric also enjoys being a part of the peer mentors, a select bunch of students who help in the transitioning of freshman into Saint Joe’s. Eric is also a volunteer for Justiceworx for the last two years, an organization that aids the less fortunate and helps in building houses for the poor in West Virginia.

     

    Eric is a terrific student athlete who will definitely excel both as a scholar and as an athlete on the Rowan University cross country team.

    Congratulations again, Eric on your accomplishment of Rotary’s Student of the Month!


January 2018

  • Nicholas Freda

    Nick Freda's personal and academic reputation puts him at the top of his class, and he is most deserving of this nomination, Nick has received several awards for his athleticism, but it is the numerous sportsmanship awards that capture our attention. He has won the Tim Pierson Memorial Sportsmanship Award and the St.  Michael's College Book Award for Academic Achievement with a Social Conscience. With this background he has served our school community through Campus Ministry, Student Council, and Peer Mentors, and his parish community through his volunteerism with JusticeWorx, Cardboard City, St. Lawrence the Martyr parish, as a tutor to young students, and as an Assistant Hockey Coach. Way to go, Nick! 

  • John Hermitt

    John Hermitt is a much deserved Rotary Senior of the Month! Both academics and service are important in the everyday life of John. He is actively involved on our campus, most importantly as a peer tutor, and he is also very involved in his home town of Edison. John has dedicated his time to the Saint Matthew Vacation Bible School every summer for the last four years. He is also passionate about his work with Edison Boys Baseball. He volunteers his time by preparing for each upcoming baseball season by putting up batting cages, cleaning up and preparing the fields, organizing uniforms and inventorying the equipment. John also enjoys helping out several elderly and disabled local residents by completing the snow removal whenever needed. Thank you, John!