At the Montville Township Board of Education (BOE) meeting on Tuesday, February 16, 2021, the Montville Township High School (MTHS) Assistant Principal, Kenneth Nadzak, introduced the 2020-2021 ShopRite STARS for the second quarter marking period to the members of the BOE and community at large. The five seniors, all extraordinary individuals, have displayed dedication and passion for helping others. Each has had a positive and lasting impact on MTHS and the community beyond.
Normally held in-person at a Montville Board of Education meeting, the February event was held virtually during the board’s regular meeting. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all Montville BOE meetings have been streamed LIVE, on the “Montville Township Board of Education Meetings” YouTube Channel, since March of 2020. BOE meetings are also broadcast via Zoom webinar for those who wish to participate. Nearly 900 people have viewed the February 16 presentation on YouTube.
“I am excited to have the opportunity to present our ShopRite STARS for the 2nd Marking Period,” MTHS Assistant Principal Kenneth Nadzak told the BOE. “As always, our STARS were nominated by faculty members in one of five different categories, and the winners were selected by an administrative committee.”
In the field of Academics, senior Theo Mohideen was honored.
“In his nomination, Theo was described as one of the most intelligent and gifted students our staff has ever had the pleasure to teach,” Nadzak said.
Mohideen maintains a 4.69 GPA, and has taken 11 AP courses during his high school career, including 5 during the 2020-2021 academic year. In prior years, he won several underclass subject area awards such as Chemistry, Biology and English, as well as a Certificate of Excellence in Mandarin.
Mohideen is also a National Merit Semifinalist, member of the National Honor Society, Treasurer of the Chinese Honor Society, and is a member of the Varsity Track and Field Team; competing in High Jump and Pole Vault.
Outside of school, Mohideen volunteers at the Interfaith Food Pantry, and has completed a Hunger Walk for the Morristown Community Soup Kitchen during each of the past three years.
The outstanding student plans to major in biomedical engineering before attending medical school.
Senior Nicholas Amoroso received the nomination in the field of Athletics.
“Nick is a three-sport athlete, and participates on our Football, Winter Track, and Spring Track teams,” Nadzak said. “The word ‘participates’ is a bit of an understatement; in fact, Nick is the Captain of our Football, Winter Track, and Spring Track teams.”
During his high school career, Amoroso was named to the First Team All-Conference and All Morris-Sussex Sports Team in Football for the past two years, qualified for New Balance Nationals in Track & Field, and is the current MTHS record holder in the 55-meter High Hurdles.
During his senior year, the gifted athlete decided to take two AP courses for the first time in his high school career.
“Despite the increased course load, he has earned straight A’s in each class for the first semester,” Nadzak noted.
In addition to sports and academics Amoroso organized and led a virtual 5K in spring 2020 as a fundraiser to Feed the Hungry. Additionally this year he expanded his volunteer work to include providing skills training to middle school football players, as well as becoming a Peer Mentor to students who are struggling with aspects of distance learning.
“We are so proud that Nick will attend the United States Military Academy at West Point in the fall,” added Nadzak. “He will participate in their track & field program before pursuing a career as an active duty Army Officer.”
Logan Po, also a senior, was nominated in the field of the Arts.
“Logan is one of the most talented and accomplished musicians to ever walk the halls of MTHS,” Nadzak said, explaining that “Logan has been First-chair clarinetist since sophomore year, plays piano in Marching Band and Jazz Band, and was inducted into the Tri-M Music Honor Society at the end of his freshman year. I could go on, but want to highlight a few of his accomplishments outside of school. Logan has composed 50 piano works and three symphonies, performed original musical work at Carnegie Hall in 2018 and 2019, earned the highest score in New Jersey in the Royal Conservatory of Music Exams, and performed four original works during personal recitals in two Instagram Livestream events last year.”
Despite the time Po dedicates to his music, he maintains a 4.4 GPA and has volunteered in the community through programs such as Music Heals Montville.
“Logan has committed to Cooper Union, where he will major in Electrical Engineering,” added Nadzak.
Semiha Khan was honored in the field of Community Service.
“Semiha finds ways to serve both our local community as well as our global community through her work in various clubs and organizations,” explained Nadzak. “For example, in the International Concerns Club, Semiha has participated in March of Dimes and Hunger Walks, and raised awareness for civil rights issues through letter-writing campaigns and roundtable discussions. In The Citizens Foundation, Semiha assisted in the organization of a gala event, which raised awareness and funds for education in Pakistan. Through her work in The Citizens Foundation, Semiha founded the Room to Read Club, which focuses on fundraising to improve the quality of education in developing countries. Although Semiha dedicates so much of her time to important causes, she still maintains a rigorous course load, taking 4 AP classes this year, and is an active member of History Club, UNICEF, and Forensics.”
Khan plans to major in Business and pursue a career in Marketing.
In the field of Leadership, senior Sofia Barragan was honored.
“Successful leaders create sustained, positive change, and create change in others around them,” Nadzak said. “Sofia is a born leader, and creates change wherever she goes. For example, Sofia is in the process of completing her Girl Scout Gold Award. Sofia chose a project which connected her with hundreds of girls on social media about the inclusion of women in STEM. Her work was featured by the Society of Women Engineers at Penn State and Rutgers; in the newsletter at Penn State and on Instagram at Rutgers.”
Barragan is also a member of the world-class drum and bugle corps, known as “Fusion Core.” Currently, “Fusion Core” is ranked as the best drum corps in New Jersey, and Barragan’s brass line is 3rd best in the Drum Corps Association.
“Sofia is the Brass Captain and Drum Major in our Marching Band,” Nadzak added, noting, “Drum Major being the highest-ranking position of the band.
In addition, Barragan earned acceptance into the competitive Engineering, Design, and Advanced Manufacturing (EDAM) Program at CCM, where she is also a contributor to their Advisory Board creating a lesson schedule for the current Spring Semester. EDAM allows students to work with NASA on different engineering projects while also earning college credit.
“While working with NASA, Sofia and her class manufactured an experimental locker, which is on the International Space Station as I speak to you tonight,” Nadzak said.
Barragan plans to major in Engineering in the fall.
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 Sunrise ShopRite of Parsippany. MTHS has been involved with the program for over 16 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 most often nominated for outstanding performance in their field over time. The MTHS ShopRite STARS have their photos displayed on a plaque in the school and also at the Parsippany ShopRite. ShopRite donates $1,000 to Project Graduation annually.
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Montville Township High School announces the 2020-2021 second quarter marking period ShopRite STARS! Seniors Theo Mohideen (Academics), Nicholas Amoroso (Athletics), Logan Po (Arts), Semiha Khan (Community Service) and Sofia Barragan (Leadership) were honored in a virtual ceremony by Montville Board of Education on Tuesday, February 16, 2021. The five seniors have their photos posted at the Sunrise ShopRite of Parsippany and in the front office at MTHS. ShopRite STARS is sponsored by Sunrise ShopRite of Parsippany. The ShopRite STARS program honors excellence in five fields. The Sunrise ShopRite of Parsippany store donates $1,000 to Project Graduation annually.