3rd Quarter ShopRite STARS Honored by Montville Township Board of Education

Third quarter MTHS ShopRite Stars


Five Montville Township High School students received recognition for excellence in Academics, Athletics, Arts, Community Service and Leadership at a recent Montville Township Board of Education Meeting. The five were named Third Quarter ShopRite Stars and have been honored both by Sunrise ShopRite in Parsippany, and MTHS. Congratulations to these outstanding students: Academics - Hannah Schneiderman, Community Service - Katy Gao, Leadership - Aastha Desai, Athletics - Aaron Kurzer and Arts - Adyna Silverberg.


The Montville Township Board of Education (BOE) honored 5 seniors of the Montville Township High School Class of 2022 for their outstanding dedication. The five were named as 2021-2022 Third Quarter ShopRite STARS. Assistant Principal, Kenneth Nadzak, introduced the students to the members of the BOE, and the community at large. The five seniors, each with extraordinary achievements during their four years at MTHS, have displayed dedication and passion for helping others. Each has had a positive and lasting impact on MTHS and the community beyond.

Each of the ShopRite STARS was nominated by faculty members in one of five different categories, and the winners were selected by an administrative committee.  In addition to the recognition of these students, Sunrise ShopRite in Parsippany, New Jersey will generously donate $1,000 to the Class of 2022.  Additionally, each student photograph is displayed in the Sunrise ShopRite and on a plaque in the MTHS main office.

“In the field of Academics, congratulations to Hannah Schneiderman,” Nadzak said as he introduced the winners to the members of the Montville Township Board of Education. “The staff members who nominated Hannah for this award describe a student devoted to her studies, passionate about learning and a role model for fellow classmates.” 

Nadzak went on to describe a student who is dedicated to her studies.

“Hannah embraces challenge and personal growth,” Nadzak explained.  As a freshman, Hannah took a single Honors-level class. However, driven by a love for education, Hannah has taken 5 AP classes over the past two years and proudly maintains a 4.3+ GPA.” 

Additionally, the senior is an active participant in school and local community initiatives. 

“Hannah is the Senior Manager for the MTHS Volleyball Team, Vice President of REACH, Secretary of the Spanish Honor Society, inductee into the National Honor Society, one of the first students involved in our Cultural Diversity Club and Peer Mentoring Program, Assistant Art Editor of the MUSE, and member of the Yearbook staff,” said Nadzak.

“A dedicated violinist, Hannah also volunteers her time at the Pine Brook Jewish Center, and hopes one day to win a Nobel Peace Prize,” Nadzak concluded. 

Schneiderman plans to double-major in Business and Political Science on a Pre-Law track.

Aaron Kurzer was honored in the field of Athletics.

A four-year member of the MTHS Wrestling team, Nadzak noted the outstanding contributions Kurzer has made to the Mustang’s wrestling program.

“Aaron won the North 1, Group 3 State Sectional Championship in 2019 and 2020 and, ultimately, the Group 3 State Championship in 2020,” Nadzak said, adding: “This year, Aaron led the team to a 12-5 record and a 3rd place finish at the Morris Knolls Tournament, 4th place finish at the Sam Cali Tournament, 2nd place finish in the District Tournament and 6th place ranking in Region 2.  Individually, Aaron won almost 100 matches for his career, is a two-time district champion, 2nd team all-conference and 3-time state qualifier.  During his senior year, Aaron went 28-5, took 1st place at the Sam Cali Tournament, 2nd place and the Morris County Tournament, 2nd place at the Region 2 Tournament, was the District 6 Tournament Champion and finished Top 12 in the state at 132 lbs.” 

Coaches and teammates describe Kurzer as a selfless Captain and someone who goes out of his way to make those around him better. 

Kurzer will attend Rutgers University in the fall where he will wrestle at the Division I level. 

Adyna Silverberg received the ShopRite STARS in the field of the Arts

“It might be a good idea to get Adyna’s autograph before the end of the night,” noted Nadzak.  “At any moment, her career could really take off.”

Silverberg has graced the MTHS stage on numerous occasions throughout her high school career. She has performed in many productions, including four Broadway Nights, three Spring Musicals and two Fall Plays. She has also served as an Assistant Director. 

“Last month, while starring as Sandy in the MTHS Spring musical, Grease, Adyna created a truly beautiful moment,” recalled Nadzak. “She invited the audience to sing along with her because, after months of exhausting in-person rehearsals, after two years away from live performances, she began losing her voice. Her performance, and the show, was phenomenal.” 

Silverberg has been the Vice President of the Tri-M Music Honor Society since 2019, and has served as the President of the Montville Township High Schools Theater Company since 2020. 

Outside of school Silverberg volunteers to play piano at the Chelsea Senior Center and Lincoln Park Renaissance Nursing Center. Additionally, she has raised funds to support various local causes through her participation in Pathways Rock Band and the Barn Theater. 

“Perhaps most exciting,” said Nadzak, “Adyna wrote, recorded, produced and released several original songs through Spotify and iTunes.”

Silverberg will attend the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami, in the fall. She will major in Music Industry. 

Katy Gao was recognized for her work in Community Service.

“Katy has volunteered countless hours to our school and local community in mainly one of two ways; through her exemplary work as President of Key Club and as a cadet on the Montville Township First Aid Squad,” Nadzak explained. “Regarding the former, Katy has been an active participant of Key Club for the past four years and has earned the Gold Award for each because she has greatly exceeded the number of service hours required for membership.  Despite the fact that our previous two school years have been impacted by Covid-19, Katy still found opportunities to give back.  For example, Katy has been instrumental in developing teacher appreciation activities and leading events such as the Volleyball Marathon and the Thanksgiving Food Drive.  This last initiative in particular is a school-wide event and really takes a lot of planning and coordination.  Additionally, while many of the items we receive are donated to the Montville Food Pantry, we also deliver food boxes to 30 local families.  Katy was instrumental in the success of our Food Drive this year and we collected almost 1,500 items.” 

As a cadet on the First Aid Squad, Gao gains experience in emergency care and is regularly called upon to provide assistance to people in urgent need. 

Gao also serves as the treasurer of the MTHS Cultural Diversity Club, is a member of the Science Olympiad, and an inductee into the National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society. 

Gao will attend the University of Rochester in the fall, and will major in Biology on the Pre-Med track with the goal of becoming a physician. 

In the field of Leadership, the BOE honored Aastha Desai

“Aastha identified the need for a club at MTHS that would allow students to collaboratively research and discuss potential careers in the medical field,” said Nadzak. “It takes a good deal of time, effort, dedication, perseverance and leadership to start a club from scratch.  Aastha worked directly with our Principal, Mr. Douglas Sanford, to ensure that the club would provide an important service to prospective members.” 

Desai surveyed classmates, developed a mission, and supervised members.

“Aastha has demonstrated the leadership necessary to ensure the success of HOSA-Future Health Professionals Club, Nadzak said.

In addition to giving students an opportunity to discuss the health industry with likeminded classmates, HOSA helps promote career opportunities in the healthcare industry and strives to enhance the delivery of quality healthcare to all people. 

“Despite the fact that Aastha will leave us in a few months, this club represents one small part of her legacy at MTHS and will continue to run in the 2022-2023 school year,” Nadzak explained. 

In addition to HOSA, Desai has served in a leadership capacity in FBLA, Key Club and Peers as Leaders.  Outside of school, she is a dance instructor for children ranging from 3 to 11, and credits this experience to learn the importance of developing relationships and being a role model for others. 

In the fall, Desai will attend Drexel University and major in Health Sciences in the prestigious Physician’s Assistant Bridge Program. 

The ShopRite STARS program is sponsored by Sunrise ShopRite of Parsippany. MTHS has been involved with the program for over 17 years.

The ShopRite 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 nominated for consistent and outstanding performance during their four year high school career. The MTHS ShopRite STARS have their photos displayed on a plaque in the school and also at the Parsippany Sunrise ShopRite. Sunrise ShopRite annually donates $1,000 to the MTHS graduating class’ senior activities.

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