Graduating seniors awarded more than $34K in scholarships

JOANNE DEGNAN/The Robbinsville Sun The Robbinsville PTSA awarded a total $4,000 in scholarships ranging from $500 to $1,000 each to graduating RHS seniors. Shown from left are PTSA scholarship chairwoman Helen Fosam and the scholarship winners: Emily Bergin, Hannah Sadock, Justin Edelman, Daniel Quiroga, Megan Kirkpatrick and Kevin King.

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The Robbinsville PTSA awarded a total $4,000 in scholarships ranging from $500 to $1,000 each to graduating RHS seniors. Shown from left are PTSA scholarship chairwoman Helen Fosam and the scholarship winners: Emily Bergin, Hannah Sadock, Justin Edelman, Daniel Quiroga, Megan Kirkpatrick and Kevin King.

The achievements of the best and brightest in Robbinsville High School were celebrated during Senior Awards Night on June 4, when scholarships totaling $34,150 were awarded to members of the Class of 2013.

Scholarship amounts ranged from $100 to $5,000 and were awarded by more than 40 different local organizations, including the PTSA, PTA, athletic booster clubs, businesses, unions, churches, and civic groups. Nine were memorial scholarships, including several in honor of Robbinsville children who had been district students at the time of their deaths.

Special recognition was also given to the graduating class’ star athletes and actors, student leaders, entrepreneurs, technology wizards, musicians, and honor roll students. Each academic department in the high school also presented certificates to students who had distinguished themselves in that  subject area.

JOANNE DEGNAN/The Robbinsville Sun Robbinsville’s star athletes received special recognition at the Senior Awards ceremony June 4. From left are: Craig Hunter and Noel Jancewicz, the RHS 2013 Athletes of the Year; Christine Levering, winner of the RHS Athletic Achievement Award; Curtis Wyers, RHS athletic director; and Kyle Alston and Lauren Fischer, winners of Athletic Leadership Awards.

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Robbinsville’s star athletes received special recognition at the Senior Awards ceremony June 4. From left are: Craig Hunter and Noel Jancewicz, the RHS 2013 Athletes of the Year; Christine Levering, winner of the RHS Athletic Achievement Award; Curtis Wyers, RHS athletic director; and Kyle Alston and Lauren Fischer, winners of Athletic Leadership Awards.

It was a two-hour plus evening of speeches and applause, alternately punctuated by moments of unintended comedy and unabashed tears. When Christine Levering’s athletic achievement award came apart in her hands and sailed across the stage, causing her to double over in laughter, the crowd roared with her. (The trophy was easily fixed). But when Basit Muzaffar presented the Qasim Muzaffar Memorial Scholarship in honor of his son, a member of the RHS Class of 2013 who died in his freshman year, most of the audience was choking back tears.

Muzaffar thanked the students and the community for their strong support of the Qasim & Ahad Memorial 5K Race every June, the main fundraiser for two scholarships awarded annually in honor of Qasim and his younger brother, Ahad. He noted the community’s generosity has enabled the scholarship in memory of Qasim to grow from an initial $1,000 in 2010 to $5,000 this year.

The 2013 scholarships and their recipients included:

  • The Craig R. Robinson Memorial Award in memory of a township police officer who died in a 2000 plane crash was awarded to Kyle Alston.
  • Two Diane E. Dwyer Memorial Scholarships, in memory of the district’s human resources director who died earlier this year, were awarded to Meredith Clark and Kevin King.
  • The Alexander Arcuri Memorial Scholarship in honor of the Pond Road Middle School student who died in 2006 was awarded to Delaney Hellman.
  • Two Christian Regulski Memorial Scholarships, in honor of a Pond Road Middle School student who died in 2011, were awarded to Claire Speranza and Trevor Verry.
  • Qasim Muzaffar Memorial Scholarship to Alana Hopkins.
  • Ahad Muzaffar Memorial Scholarship to Ian Panasowich.
  • Community Foundation of New Jersey’s Ernest C. Palsho Memorial Scholarship to Sammer Bekhiet.
  • The Friends of Mary Lou Elgrim Awards in memory of a former Pond Road Middle School teacher were awarded to Aaron Newman and Ryan Febles.
  • The Ryan McPhillips Memorial Scholarship to Sean Tierney.
  • The Robbinsville Professional Firefighters Award to Alana Jaskir.
  • The Friends of he Raven Players Drama Awards to Marissa Giachetti, Justin Giachetti and Megan Kirkpatrick.
  • The Mercer County Board of Chosen Freeholders Award to Nicholas Sanders.
  • Academic Leadership Scholarship Awards to Nicholas Brennan, Rohan Bajaj, Christopher Civitello and Daniele Celano.
  • The Student Leadership Scholarship Awards to Lauren Schmid, Christina Parylak, Jacqueline Testa, Victoria Sankey and Joseph Affatato.
  • The School Citizenship Scholarship Awards to Megan Roeloffs, Courtney Levering, David Haftel and Sarah Schneid.
  • The Chartwells RHS Scholarships to Sirena Aguiar, Christopher Deck, Matthew Michal, Matthew Forno and Taylor Kulak.
  • The First Baptist Church Scholarships to Myana Morris Bullock and Samuel Acheampong.
  • The Robbinsville Red Zone Scholarship Awards to Nate Smith, Michael Anthony Ciaramella and Kyle Alston.
  • The Princeton Review Scholarship to Lauren Guididas.
  • The RHS PTSA Good Character Scholarship awards to Kevin King and Justin Edelman.
  • The RHS PTSA Citizenship Scholarship awards to Daniel Quiroga and Megan Kirkpatrick.
  • The RHS PTSA Personal Strength Scholarship awards to Emily Bergin and Hannah Sadock.
  • The Robbinsville-Hamilton Sunrise Rotary Foundation Scholarships to Daniel Quiroga, Alana Jaskir, Myana Morris-Bullock and Julia Karlin.
  • The Robbinsville Women’s Club Lorraine Schwartz Memorial Scholarship Award to Alana Jaskir.
  • The Robbinsville PTA Joyce Ricci award to Dominic McAnany.
  • The Robbinsville PTA Mary Lou Elgrim Award to Ellie Rosen.
  • The Robbinsville Irish Heritage Association Award to Maggie O’Toole.
  • The Washington Wellness Center Health Care Scholarship to Delaney Hellman.
  • The Mercer County PTA Scholarship to Kelly Koss.
  • The MCPCA Scholarship to Alexa Pilla.
  • The Robbinsville Principals and Supervisors Character Scholarships to Jane Bukovec and Michael Anthony Ciaramella.
JOANNE DEGNAN/The Robbinsville Sun Two $500 Christian Regulski Memorial Scholarships were presented to RHS lacrosse players Claire Speranza and Trevor Verry by Matthew Regulski (center).

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Two $500 Christian Regulski Memorial Scholarships were presented to RHS lacrosse players Claire Speranza and Trevor Verry by Matthew Regulski (center).

Trophies, plaques or certificates were awarded to the following students for academic or athletic achievements: Courtney Levering, Raven Athletic Achievement Award; Craig Hunter, RHS 2013 Male Athlete of the Year; Noel Jancewicz, RHS 2013 Female Athlete of the Year; Lauren Fischer and Kyle Alston, RHS Athletic Leadership Awards; Meredith Clark, Alana Jaskir, Kevin King, Niraj Nayak, Sankalp Patel, Rohan Bajaj, all National Merit Scholarship Program Commended Students; Myana Morris Bullock, Outstanding Participant in the National Achievement Scholarship Program; Regan Clarke, Finalist for National Merit Scholarship Program; Blake Iorio, Marine Corps Sempre Fidelis Award; Andrew Clark, Marine Corps Scholastic Excellence Award; Kyle Alston, Marine Corps Athletic Excellence Award.

The following students received RHS academic department award certificates: Alana Jaskir, Excellence

in English; Nicholas Sanders, Excellence in Family & Consumer Science; Anisha Mohan and Tyler Bowan, Recognition for Achievement in Art; Kirstin Johnson and Addison Walker, Recognition for Enthusiasm and Participation; Alexandra Goia and Joseph Paulino, National School Choral Award; James Kelly, the John Philip Sousa Band Award; Michelle Krakowski, the National School Marching Award; Zachary Reitter, the Louis Armstrong Award; Alana Jaskir, Thespian of the Year Award; Elizabeth Sheehan, Techie of the Year Award; Tyler Bowen and Bruce Sapp, Excellence in Theater Awards.

JOANNE DEGNAN/The Robbinsville Sun Superintendent Steven Mayer with the two winners of the $1,000 Diane E. Dwyer Memorial Scholarships: Meredith Clark and Kevin King.

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Superintendent Steven Mayer with the two winners of the $1,000 Diane E. Dwyer Memorial Scholarships: Meredith Clark and Kevin King.

Academic achievement certificates were also given to Kellen Anker and Jane Bukovec, Overall Highest Achievement in Mathematics; Vikram Sridhar, Tyler Sankey, Amanda Steckel, Carly Hill, Casey Reca, Brooke Sparella, and Andrew Gart, all Outstand Growth awards; Christine Levering and Mason Cueto, Excellence in Physical Education; Alana Jaskir and Christopher Civetello, Excellence in AP Biology; Andrew Clark, Excellence in Chemistry; Andrew Clark, Excellence in Honors Anatomy and Physiology; Alyssa Coriasco, Excellence in Anatomy and Physiology; Jane Bukovec, Excellence in Environmental Science; Christopher Civetello, Social Studies Citizenship.

Academic achievement certificates were also given to: Anisha Mohan; Excellence in Design; Kyle Gavalchin, Excellence in Computer Science; Daniel Gavrushenko and Christian Lesenskyj, Excellence in Project Lead the Way Engineering; Ryan Febles, Excellence in French; Amy Van Tassel and Christina Parylak, Excellence in Spanish; Michael Kang, Lauren Schmid, Vaughn Renner, Vikram Sridhar, Alec Ulisse, all Overall Highest Achievement in Chinese; Jane Bukovec, Excellence in Italian IV; Taylor Kulak and Daelyn Kauffman, Excellence in Italian V; Urmila Lingala, Excellence in Accounting; Victoria Sankey, Excellence in Entrepreneurship; Ryan Febles, Excellence in Business Leadership.

JOANNE DEGNAN/The Robbinsville Sun The five winners of the Robbinsville High School leadership scholarships were from left: Victoria Sankey, Jacqueline Testa, Joseph Affatato, Christina Parylak and Lauren Schmid.

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The five winners of the Robbinsville High School leadership scholarships were from left: Victoria Sankey, Jacqueline Testa, Joseph Affatato, Christina Parylak and Lauren Schmid.

Varsity-style letters with the word “Honors” embroidered along the left side of the capital R were presented to the honor roll students in the senior class. The recipients were: Kyle Alston, Rohan Bajaj, Sammer Bekhiet, Nicholas Brennan, Jane Bukovec, Daniele Celano, Michael Anthony Ciaramella, Christopher Civitello, Andrew Clark, Meredith Clark, Nicole Colonna, Mason Cueto, Alanna Denauski, Marissa DiMaggio, Ryan Febles, Shawn Flynn, Lauren Gaynor, Alexandra Goia, Lauren Guididas, Madeline Harris, Bryan Hinton, Craig Hunter, Blake Iorio, Rahul Jairam, Alana Jaskir, Kirsten Johnson, Taylor Johnson, Daelyn Kauffman, James Kelly, Megan Kirkpatrick, Christine Levering, Courtney Levering, Thomas Lynch, Andrea Maldonado, Abigail Meiskin, Gregory Michal, Niraj Nayak, Margaret O’Toole, Snigdha Paka, Sankalp Patel, Taylor Ponti, Daniel Quiroga, Casey Reca, Vaughn Renner, Megan Roeloffs, Ellisa Rosen, Nicholas Sanders and Kyle Schick.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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